By-Name Case Conferencing
Ending Chronic Homelessness: "Built for Zero" Initiative
2/28/2020Washington County in partnership with homeless provider agencies implemented the Built For Zero initiative to transform the homeless response system serving chronically homeless people to ensure the most vulnerable are assisted in preparing for housing readiness and quickly access permanent supportive housing. This work is guided by the Built for Zero national initiative with information available online at https://community.solutions/our-solutions/built-for-zero/.
The Washington County CoC Built for Zero Leadership Team: Annette Evans, Washington County Housing (Lead Agency), Mjere Simantel, Washington County HHS, Katherine Galian, Community Action, John Trinh, Luke-Dorf, Inc., and Carol Herron, St. Anthony SWS and HPAC.
Washington County Achieves 100% Quality Data status:
- On 8/19/2020, Washington County completed the 26-elements required to achieve full implementation of the national Built For Zero initiative
- This includes 4-months of complete, reliable and real-time data supporting the By-Name List process.
Public Relations and Communication
- Convening of Housing & Service Providers for Case Conferencing: 12/4/19, 3 p.m., Washington County
- 12/2019 - Outreach Coverage and Coordination
- 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month: Contact Katherine Galian firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1/2020 - Develop HMIS Tool to create By-Name List
- 1/2020 - Policy and Procedures Released
- 2/2020 - Case Conferencing Begins 2/28/2020
- 2nd and 4th Friday of each month: Contact Annette_Evans@co.washington.or.us
Performance Tracking and Reporting (Dashboard on Outcomes)
- Estimated first release by March 2021.
Kaiser Permanente National Community Fund Award For "Care Coordination Program"
Washington County Housing Services will receive a $100,000 grant award on October 15, 2020 to implement a Care Coordination program focused on preventing COVID disease transmission through monitoring wellness of houseless individuals and providing navigational supports to address social determinates of health by reducing barriers that high-acuity houseless individuals experience.
The Care Coordination program will develop trusting relationships with houseless individuals residing in temporary shelter that need a continuity of care to successfully address health care and access to housing; e.g. assist with health care insurance application, referral for preventative health care, and housing navigation supports. The COVID-19 pandemic is magnifying these obstacles for houseless individuals as reported by Built For Zero implementation data reporting average 90+ days from identification to housing move-in date in July 2020, as compared to 44 days in March 2020.
Ending Veteran Homelessness
Community Action Organization in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs maintains a master list of homeless veterans in Washington County and meet regularly to ensure that service providers work together to end veteran homelessness. This effort has resulted in the reduction of veteran homelessness by 18%. To join this effort, contact Pat Rogers, Community Action or Gary Smith, U.S. Veteran Affairs.
Ending Family Homelessness
Community Action Organization in partnership with the Family Shelter Network maintains a master list of homeless families with minor children in Washington County and meet regularly to ensure that service providers work together to end family homelessness. To join this effort, contact Traci Downer, Community Action.