The GRCoC Housing Teams were formed as a part of our coordinated entry planning process. The teams focus on coordinating exits to permanent housing with the goal to allocate housing resources as equitably and effectively as possible. Assistance is prioritized to ensure that households who need assistance the most receive it in a timely manner.
Our community currently has three housing teams:
- VetLink started in October 2014 to prioritize permanent supportive housing (HUD-VASH) and rapid rehousing (SSVF) resources for homeless veterans. Direct service staff from CARITAS, CCC, Daily Planet, HomeAgain, LFS, RBHA, St. Joseph Villa, VAMC, and VSH participate on the team.
- Singles Housing Team started in July 2015 to prioritize permanent supportive housing (APTS, HomeLink, S+C, FUSE) and rapid rehousing for singles adults experiencing homelessness. Direct service staff from CARITAS, CCC, Daily Planet, HomeAgain, Homeward, RBHA, Richmond DSS, Salvation Army, St. Joseph’s Villa, and VSH participate on the team.
- Family Housing Team started in October 2015 to prioritize permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing for families experiencing homelessness. The team also discusses public housing. Direct service staff from CARITAS, CCC, HFF, HomeAgain, Homeward, RBHA, Salvation Army, and St. Joseph’s Villa participate on the team.
The central components of the housing teams are:
- Collaborative team of direct service staff from emergency shelters, Safe Haven, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, outreach, and intake meeting on a regular basis.
- By-name list with the names and unique needs of households on our streets and in our shelters. Taking the information out of HCIS and making it more easily access for all on the team to view.
- Prioritization rather than matching people with whatever assistance may be available. The team takes into account the household’s need, looking at VI-SPDAT score, length of homelessness, and case manager input.
- Referrals to permanent housing based on local prioritization process and housing program eligibility.
- Case conferencing to monitor and advance the progress of various households toward housing.
- Process-oriented trouble shooting to monitor and improve the process for households to connect to permanent housing.