Presentation Focuses on Regional Homelessness Assessment Reports
Katelyn Cunningham, Carolyn Engle, Paul Rossi, Taiisa Kelly and Marlowe Greenberg
On July 12, 2012, Monarch Housing’s Ending Homelessness Team, participated in Foothold Technology’s 2012 Expo in New York City. The day include workshops focused on topics such as tracking and reporting families and using data to inform design and delivery of supportive housing.
Taiisa Kelly presented on the topic of “HMIS: Your Data is the Guide.” She gave an update about how Monarch is working with local communities across the state to use data to impact local planning. Through the creation of Regional Annual Homeless Assessment Reports, Monarch is facilitating improved data analysis that will lead to more effective implementation of CoC and homeless planning activities helping to ensure continuums are successful in their efforts to end homelessness.
Using data from New Jersey’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and dividing the state into three regions, Monarch Housing Associates has created three Regional – Northern, Central, and Southern – Homeless Assessment Reports.
Key findings include the following homelessness household population totals:
With the implementation of the HEARTH Act, resources for homeless programs will be tied to a community’s ability to effectively reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness and implement programs and processes that can successfully end homelessness.
The use of local data on the homeless population and the programs within a community will play a critical role in planning and program development in order to end homelessness and will be essential for basic compliance with HEARTH Act regulations. These reports provide a snapshot of the characteristics of homeless households in the three regions.