Our team that traveled to Denver has proposed that we experiment with a new schedule for case conferencing meetings:
- Week 1 (1st Tues. of month): Review By-Name List
- Week 2 (2nd Tues.): Review Individuals At Risk of Chronic Homelessness
- Week 3 (3rd Tues.): Review People Who Have Been on By-Name List for a Long Time
- Week 4 (4th Tues.): Review Long-Term Shelter Stayers Who Are Not Chronic (because not disabled)
We are already trying this out. We met last week to identify and discuss those at risk of chronic homelessness, and today we will focus on those who have been on the by-name list for a long time.
We will try out this meeting format through November, and then evaluate and see if this is working to help advance us toward our goal of reducing the number of people on our chronic by-name list by 50% by the end of January 2018. (The 4th meeting works on another goal–which is reducing our average length of stay in shelter.)
Our new CoC online Coordinated Entry System is almost ready for use for single individuals without children. We will be working to build our components for young adults and families in the next month.
Please reserve Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1 – 3 pm for training on the new system. The training will take place at the Springfield Municipal Building, 70 Tapley St., Springfield.
The FY2017 CoC application is complete and ready for review. Click the link on each of the following documents to review.
Please also see the previous post to see the list of projects and funding amounts in order.
Please note that the Sept. 22 Board/Annual meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a date in October. Please stay tuned for the new date!
The CoC will be transitioning from Homelink to our new (not-yet-named) system this month.
As part of this transition, please do not enter data or documents into Homelink after September 19. Entries made after Sept. 19 will NOT be transferred to the new system.
We will be active in the new system the first week of October and will schedule training that week and also later into October.
Community Solutions is partnering with t3 (who previously came to Western Mass to do training on trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing) to provide reduced-cost on-line trainings. These are critical skills for homeless casemangement and Housing First staff. Click here for the flyer, or see below.