The VI-SPDAT stands for Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Prescreen Tool. It helps identify who should be recommended for each housing and support intervention, moving the discussion from simply who is eligible for a service intervention to who is eligible and in greatest need of that intervention.

On In April 2015, the GRCoC Coordinated Access Committee voted to start implementing VI-SPDAT throughout GRCoC for all emergency shelters by May 21st, 2015.

In May 2015, OrgCode and Community Solutions released Version 2 of VI-SPDAT, and F-VI-SPDAT. You can read about the changes to the tool here. VI-SPDAT v2 and F-VI-SPDAT v2 will be available in HCIS starting June 1, 2016. All providers are expected be fully switched and entering version 2 into HCIS by July 1, 2016.

VI-SPDAT Version 2 for Single Adults:

F-VI-SPDAT Version 2 for Families

Suggested community script:

"My name is [ ] and I work with a group called [Greater Richmond Continuum of Care, Richmond Outreach, Vetlink ]. I have a 15 minute survey I would like to complete with you. The answers will help us determine how we can go about providing supports. Most questions only require a "yes" or "no." Some questions require a one-word answer. The information collected goes into the Homeless Management Information System, the database for homeless services in Greater Richmond.  If you have a case manager who is helping you apply for housing, you should still work with them once you have finished this survey. The primary benefit to doing the survey is that it will help give you and me a better sense of your needs and what resources I can refer you to.

Would you like to take the survey with me?"

  • If "yes," ask the individual to sign the Release of Information before proceeding with the survey.
  • "If at any point you don't understand what I am really asking, just let me know and I can clarify for you. Let’s start with the first question…”

Materials for older version:


If you are homeless or will lose housing in the next three days, call the Homeless Crisis Line at 804-972-0813.