Category Archives: Resources

New Resource on the VI-SPDAT

Community Solutions Inc. and OrgCode have just released the 2014 manual for using the VI-SPDAT, which answers some of the questions raised by the Individual Services Committee yesterday and provides more information about the tool.  The manual includes detailed instructions, guidance on which questions may be changed and which may not be changed, and a Q & A about the tool.

Click to access the VI-SPDAT Manual 2014.

Veterans Resources Summary for Western Mass. Now Available

The Network’s Veterans Committee is pleased to offer this one-page summary of veterans resources in Western Massachusetts.  Special thanks to Sue White of the VA Medical Center and Ben Cluff of the Department of Public Health, along with the combined efforts of the entire committee, for their work on this.  And thanks to Isabel Belen of Veterans Inc. for producing the Spanish translation.

Click here for the English version.

Click here for the Spanish version.

Please distribute widely!

Is your program a housing first model?

Research shows that use of a Housing First model leads to better outcomes for people who have been homeless, and better outcomes for communities.  In the most recent CoC funding round, some new providers committed to operate in a Housing First model, and others have committed to shift to this model in the future.

We often throw around the term “housing first” without defining it.  Are you really using the model?

Here’s a great resource to find out: from the USICH, The Housing First Checklist: A Practical Tool for Assessing Housing First in Practice.  Take the quick assessment, and see what you can do to be more aligned with the model.