In compliance with the CoC program interim rule, One Roof has begun using Coordinated Assessment as a standardized entry process for individuals accessing homeless services. By using Coordinated Assessment to perform in-depth assessment of each client’s situation, One Roof and our partners are able to match those experiencing homelessness with the appropriate type and level of care, to provide the best possible referrals, and to divert individuals from the homeless system as appropriate.
Coordinated Assessment is an important part of our Continuum of Care’s goal to prioritize connecting chronically homeless individuals with permanent supportive housing. In 2015, 239 of the 1138 members of the homeless community were chronically homeless, meaning they have been homeless for more than a year or have experienced homelessness four or more times in the past three years and have a disability. Chronically homeless individuals face some of the greatest barriers to accessing and keeping housing, which is why One Roof and our partners are working hard to connect these individuals with permanent housing and to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017.
Coordinated Assessment will utilize the Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) to measure homeless individuals’ and homeless families’ vulnerability to housing instability. Along with the service priorities set by our partner agencies, this index score is used to prioritize our communities most vulnerable citizens for homeless services. The VI-SPDAT is a nationally recognized, evidence-based, best practice tool for measuring vulnerabilities and prioritizing services for individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.
While Coordinated Assessment is still in the its early stages in our Continuum of Care, it’s already helping our continuum make a positive impact by housing the most vulnerable members of the homeless community. We expect to fully implement Coordinated Assessment by the end of 2016. Check this page for updates and reports related to the Coordinated Assessment program. View HUD’s presentation on Coordinated Assessment.