Streamlining the System
October 31, 2014 9AM to 3:30 PM
On Friday, October 31, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monarch Housing Associates will host a conference, “Coordinated Assessment: Streamlining the System.”
The registration deadline is Friday, October 24, 2014. Space is limited. Registration is $30 a person. Click here to register.
Continuum of Care (CoC) participants including emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, Continuum of Care lead agencies, CoC Executive Board Members and Boards of Social Services are encouraged to attend.
The Agenda includes an opening plenary panel, workshops and closing remarks and time for open discussion:
- Opening Plenary Panel – Getting Started with Coordinated Assessment – Panelists will include:
- Rebecca Pfeiffer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County CoC Coordinator and Chair of the Coordinated Assessment Committee, and
- Iain DeJong, President and CEO of OrgCode Consulting, Inc., and designer of the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, or VI-SPDAT.
Workshop sessions will Include:
- Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable – Using Data and Conducting a True Assessment
- Planning and Development – Key Steps for a Successful Implementation Process
- The Nuts and Bolts of Coordinated Assessment – Finding the Right Model and Tool
The primary function of a coordinated assessment system is to make rapid, effective, and consistent client-to-housing and service matches for homeless individuals and families. This is accomplished by standardizing client access and assessment processes and by coordinating referrals across the CoC.
While HUD gives guidance, communities have flexibility to model their system as befits the local context. The baseline requirements are designed to retool community efforts to end homelessness from a fragmented program-centric homeless service approach to a coordinated client-centric crisis response system model.
Re-orienting how a community works together to end homelessness is no easy task. But by meeting the challenges of developing and implementing coordinated assessment, we can better serve the most vulnerable individuals and families in our communities by moving them into housing more quickly, effectively, and consistently. With knowledge of the guiding principles, practical applications, and requirements of coordinated assessment, we can streamline the system. And we can end homelessness.