Is there enough grant funding to end homelessness? Alex Dunn, MSW, CFRE is presenting at the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) Fall 2021 conference on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Only 19 presentations were approved in this prestigious conference, and Alex Dunn is presenting about “A Strategy to End Homelessness in a Large Continuum of Care.”
This session will cover how to use data to develop a plan to reach functional zero in homelessness across all populations based on a large CoC’s experience. The session will review which data elements to use to help determine need, which data to use to help determine resources, how to leverage the CARES and ARPA funding to end homelessness—including Emergency Housing Vouchers—and how to realign coordinated entry and system resources to ensure enough housing resources for your community. Texas-601 has developed and begun implementing a plan that is projected to reach functional zero in homelessness across all sub-populations by December 2022. The session will cover some shifts in framework that TX-601 CoC had to consider to develop and implement this plan. With historic resources for prevention and homeless interventions, this may be our “one and only shot” to reach functional zero and “end homelessness” in our communities. Specific objectives include: 1) understanding your community’s framework and what “current operating procedures” or “truths” need to be shifted; 2) knowing which inflow and outflow data to determine how many additional housing resources you need annually; 3) developing strategies to increase quick exits from homelessness through diversion and other methods; 4) a framework to building an “ideal state” map to end homelessness in your community; 5) leveraging resources to meet your “ideal state”; and 6) a framework to align coordinated entry with your “ideal state” to end homelessness. The session will be a combination of presentation and discussion with practical tools for attendees.
“I am passionate about ending homelessness in local communities,” said Alex. “With historic funding, this is a possibility for the first time in many of our lifetimes. I am so blessed and proud to be part of a group that is pushing to end homelessness in North Texas and leverage historic funding to make it happen.”
You can register for the conference in Atlanta here.