New HUD Tips and Resources for Coordinated Assessment

6 March 2015 Erica Harrison Comments Off on New HUD Tips and Resources for Coordinated Assessment News

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Coordinated Assessment is crucial to meeting your community goal to end homelessness. However, planning and organizing the numerous intricacies of Coordinated Assessment are difficult tasks.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HUD) has recently released several resources providing additional guidance over Coordinated Assessment. We have provided the links to these resources below.

Notice CPD-014-12: Notice on Prioritizing Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness in Permanent Supportive Housing and Recordkeeping Requirements for Documenting Chronic Homeless Status.

HUD provides this guidance regarding prioritization for permanent supportive housing (PSH), particularly around the order in which eligible households should be served in all CoC Program-funded PSH. HUD also presents recordkeeping requirements for all recipients of CoC Program-funded PSH, including beds that are required to the chronically homelessness population.

This document also provides the following:

Order of Priority for PSH Beds:
  • Establishes an order of priority for dedicated and prioritized PSH beds that will ensure that first priority is given to those persons with the most severe service needs.
Selection Process for PSH Assistance For Those At Risk For Homelessness
  • Outlines the selection process for PSH assistance NOT dedicated or prioritized for chronic homelessness that will ensure that those who do not yet meet the definition of chronic homelessness, but are most at risk of becoming chronically homeless, are prioritized.
CoC Program-funded PSH Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Provides instruction for recordkeeping requirements for documenting the chronically homeless status of program participants and also provides guidance on recommended documentation standards that your CoC may require of its recipients of CoC Program-funded PSH if the priorities included in the Notice are adopted by your CoC.
Coordinated Entry Policy Brief (PDF)

This recently released additional guidance presents the characteristics of an effective coordinated entry process, per HUD. While HUD does not intend establish requirements for Continuums of Care (CoCs) with this brief, it does provide valuable information that will enable you to develop and refine your CoC’s coordinated entry processes. HUD states: “This brief builds upon that Notice and provides guidance for using coordinated entry to prioritize assistance across all types of assistance within the CoC.”

If you have Remaining Questions…

For any remaining questions, HUD directs CoCs to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal.

submit a question to this portal, HUD instructs users to select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.