Coordinated Entry is intended to ensure “that the highest need, most vulnerable households in the community are prioritized for services and that the housing and supportive services in the system are used as efficiently and effectively as possible.”1 Many communities struggle to create a process which consistently prioritizes resources for those with the greatest need and vulnerability. Detroit is no exception. There are gaps and inconsistencies in the current prioritization policy that need to be redressed in order to most effectively use the limited resources currently available.
Specifically, there is insufficient Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to the meet the need of everyone who currently scores for PSH in the Coordinated Assessment Model (CAM) process. This gap in resources has led to a situation in which vulnerable, non-chronically homeless households are essentially stuck in the queue waiting for PSH at length, while household who scored lower on the vulnerability index are referred ahead of them for Rapid Rehousing (RRH) and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance. This gap is exacerbated by inconsistencies between the priority orders used for different CoC housing resources.
These deficiencies highlight the underlying issue of insufficient resources to assist all those in need and they may only be stretched further in the changing context of Detroit. But while it is necessary to collectively organize and advocate to effect change on a funding and public policy level increase resources available, there are more immediate actions that can be taken to restructure the prioritization process to better align current resources with need and ensure a consistent process that prioritizes resources for the most vulnerable.
The CAM Lead Agency and CAM Governance Committee (CGC) have been exploring options to adjust the prioritization process in order to ensure the most vulnerable households are consistently served first. The CGC would like to gather community input on a draft proposal. Over the next month, the proposal will be brought to all of the provider work groups and other relevant subcommittees for feedback.
Here is a brief that provides detailed background on this issue and shares some of the initial options considered.
Here is the draft proposal with context which will be brought to stakeholders for a facilitated process of gathering community input.
Here is a quick glance version which just includes the proposal itself.