The CoC Interim Regulations require that CoCs implement a coordinated assessment system and local policies and procedures to route people experiencing homelessness into the most appropriate housing and services. How does that requirement intersect with fair housing laws?
In 2014, HUD’s SNAPS office communicated its key policy priorities through a series of “SNAPS In Focus” messages. How did our CoCs respond to these priorities last year, and what can we do in 2015 to better align ourselves with HUD priorities and prepare ourselves for FY2015?
In addition to the ESG Coordination requirement under the new CoC Interim Rule, HUD has been emphasizing the need for CoCs to coordinate more closely with local regional planning processes, including discharge planning for foster care, health care, mental health & corrections, the CPD/Consolidated Plan (CDBG, HOME, ESG & HOPWA), NSP, the VA, the Housing Authority, local school districts, and others.
For many individuals and families, including veteran and chronically homeless households, success in housing depends on the availability of supportive and healthcare services to help retain housing and use housing as a platform for health, well-being, and recovery. The expansion of Medi-Cal and other healthcare reforms made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) create unprecedented opportunities for California CoCs to end veteran and chronic homelessness by improving coordination and linkages with veteran and mainstream primary/behavioral health care systems. Have your communities been able to take advantage of these opportunities? If not, what kind of barriers are your communities facing, and what kinds of support would help your communities to take full advantage of these opportunities?