Category Archives: Continuum of Care

News from the national Zero 2016 campaign

The following is a report on the national effort. In the diagram, Hampden County is among the 12 green communities on the veteran chart (within 10% of meeting goals) and among the blue on the chronic chart (meeting or exceeding goals).  Let’s go Hampden CoC!


Zero: 2016 Weekly Update

As we approach the final four months of the year, we’re doubling down on our efforts to help you do whatever it takes to end veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Part of this push centers around ensuring that each and every community involved with the movement is fully invested in the goal and understands what it means to reach functional zero.

To that end, we’ll be hosting an All Hands on Deck Call on Thursday, September 10 to present our path forward, review the definition of functional zero, and answer any questions you may have. You’ll be receiving a calendar invite more more details and RSVP information soon, but in the meantime, please save the date for the Zero: 2016 All Hands on Deck call on Thursday, September 10 at 2pm ET/11am PT.

Tip of the Week: Three Tricks to Enhance Your By-Name List

Throughout the month of August, Zero: 2016 is working with 19 communities to better understand how a by-name list is defined and identify best practices that can be used to create and sustain a list that accurately reflects the number of people experiencing homelessness at any given time in your community. We will be packaging and sharing our learning with all communities in the near future, but in the meantime, here a few highlights of what we’ve learned:

  1. Coordinating outreach among the outreach providers in your community is key to maintaining a dynamic list. Outreach can be used to build your by-name list and to work your list.
  2. Training outreach workers to serve as housing navigators will increase efficiency of housing placement and coordination of services.
  3. Case conferencing and access to the list is critical to keeping it updated, reducing duplication, and ensuring accountability to each individual on your list.

Stay tuned for additional guidance!

Meeting: Springfield/Hampden County CoC Performance & Outcomes Committee

The Springfield/Hampden County CoC Performance & Outcomes Committee is meeting this Thursday, August 27, 9:30-10:30 am at Friends of the Homeless, 755 Worthington St., Springfield.

The Committee is working on updated performance targets for Hampden County homeless programs (including prevention, rapid rehousing, emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing). Click to review current DRAFT Performance Targets.

At this week’s meeting, we hope to finalize the proposed targets in order to share them with the full CoC for feedback. The ultimate goal is for the CoC to adopt the updated targets in September.

New 2015 youth count survey data analyses available

With thanks to Andrea Miller, the Three County CoC data analyst, we now have access to more in-depth analyses of the data collected across the entire region – both the Hampden County and Three County CoCs  – during the 2015 Youth Count.

You can find them here:

1. All survey participants 14-24 years old
2. Homeless survey participants 14-24 years old
The analyses break down survey responses from those youth who declared themselves currently homeless, ever homeless and never homeless.  The goal is to give us a better understanding of the youth population and their experiences and needs.  The Network’s Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Committee is looking at the results closely and with Andrea’s support devising recommendations to DHCD and the Statewide Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth for survey improvements for the coming year.  Please stay tuned for further updates.
Also, to obtain additional data on the Three County region (produced by Andrea Miller), please go here.

Meeting Notice: Hampden Co CoC Performance and Outcomes Committee

The Hampden County Continuum of Care Performance and Outcomes Committee will meet this Thursday, August 6, at 9:30 am at Friends of the Homeless, 755 Worthington St.

The Committee will review proposed performance standards for all CoC and ESG projects. The updated performance standards will be used for the upcoming CoC competition, and will also be used in evaluation of ESG projects.