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Coordinated Entry Systems Update
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness relases a biweekly newsletter with agency news, funding updates, and stories of successful programs around the country. The latest newsletter released on December 18, 2014 titled Across the Country, Communities are Developing Coordinated Entry Systems to End Homelessness, includes the following article:
Developing Local Coordinated Entry Systems is Hard Work but Necessary Work
One of the most important recent developments from our work to end homelessness is the recognition that the impact of evidence-informed models like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing are only fully realized when they work together as part of a coordinated system. Coordinated entry systems are a key part of an overall homelessness crisis response system that communities need to improve access to available housing and services and ensure the type and level of assistance provided to households is tailored to meet their specific needs. Too often, people experiencing homelessness have to navigate a complicated maze of uncoordinated programs in order to receive assistance. There is a better, more effective way to respond to the crisis of homelessness.
To end homelessness in every community, and across the nation, we must build local systems that streamline and facilitate access to appropriate housing and services for families and individuals. Coordinated entry systems do just that. Using a consistent and well-coordinated approach, coordinated entry systems screen applicants for eligibility for services; such as homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, emergency shelter, affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, and other interventions. The needs and strengths of each household are assessed to determine which interventions will be effective and are most appropriate, while also prioritizing people for assistance based on the severity of their needs.
Rapid Re-Housing Update
The Alliance is excited to announce the creation of a new, monthly newsletter focused exclusively on rapid re-housing. Starting in January, 2015, this newsletter will provide readers with the most up-to-date information on rapid re-housing, including interesting new reports, briefs, and studies as well as details on recent and upcoming webinars, and updates on Alliance events and activities.
Rapid re-housing is an essential part of a community's overall strategy to end homelessness. This newsletter will make sure you have the most up-to-date and relevant information on rapid re-housing, including things like:
- Important information on the History and Core Components of Rapid Re-housing.
- A recording of our most recent webinar on Housing Identification, the first in a monthly series of webinars hosted by the Alliance that will cover many aspects of rapid re-housing.
- Registration information for the next rapid re-housing webinar on Financial Assistance to be held on January 13.
- Links to new training and technical assistance tools such as our collection of Rapid Re-Housing Tools for providers.
- A new solutions brief detailing how communities can use the Emergency Solutions Grant program to Ramp Up Rapid Re-housing.
Find these resources and many more in the Rapid Re-Housing update monthly and at the new www.rapidre-housing.org, your 24-7 gateway to all things rapid re-housing.