Category Archives: Continuum of Care

Letter from Ann Oliva to Grant Recipients, CoC Leaders and Stakeholders

Grant Recipients, CoC Leaders and Stakeholders –

Now that we have announced the awards for FY 2013, I wanted to provide an update on key initiatives and issues that impact the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients, and the people whom we all serve.

First, I want to take a moment to acknowledge all of your hard work, commitment, and dedication to ending homelessness – and to personally say thank you for all that you do. I know from personal experience how hard it is to have funding reduced and to make really tough choices at the local level. I also know that many of you are struggling to continue to do what we do best – serve people experiencing homelessness – in the face of some significant resource challenges. Continue reading

Data Analysis: Hampden County CoC – Recurrence of Homelessness

Andrea Miller has recently completed analysis of recurrence of homelessness for all people entered into the Hampden County CoC HMIS for FY11 to FY13.  See the slides below for Andrea’s findings.

HUD is now requiring CoC’s to track this data, and we welcome the opportunity to use this data to make sure that, once a household receives assistance to exit homelessness, the household can remain stably housed.  For the period reviewed, our rate of return was 14.5%.  Our goal is to get it to 5% or less.

HUD Announces Next Round of Continuum of Care Awards

HUD has announced CoC awards for remaining remaining Tier 1 projects and Tier 2 projects. In Western Mass, the following new or converted programs have been funded:

Hampden County CoC

  • HAP – Turning Point
  • HAP – Rapid Rehousing and Rapid Rehousing 2

Three County CoC

  • GHM Veteran’s Community Leeds PSH
  • Paradise Pond Apartments
  • Three County PSH
  • Village Center SHP


New Resource for Coordinated Assessment

Just in time for us, the National Alliance to End Homelessness has released a multi-stage coordinated assessment tool.  Check out a discussion and link to the tool here.

Locally, we have been working toward use of the the VI-SPDAT, a tool for identifying and prioritizing households for permanent supportive housing.  This is a great tool for use at the back door of homelessness–evaluating what people need to get them out of homelessness.

The newly-released NAEH tool adds front-door assessment to the tool, meaning that it helps to assess households on the verge of homelessness and about to enter shelter, to determine whether diversion/rapid rehousing is appropriate.  The tool also incorporates HMIS universal data elements.

As we move forward in our coordinated assessment conversations, expect to be looking more closely at the NAEH tool.