The Coordinated Assessment System (CAM) is a systemic approach to homelessness that focuses on aligning the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless to available shelter and housing resources.
As the Detroit Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agency, the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) is responsible for developing a coordinated assessment process for the Detroit CoC. Southwest Solutions serves as the lead agency for implementation of the CAM, in partnership with Community and Home Supports (CHS) and Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).
The process directs households in need of homeless assistance to a common access point where they are assessed using a universal screening and subsequently, a common assessment tool. Based on the thorough assessment, consumers may be referred to a housing resource when vacancies occur.
CAM aims to improve Detroit’s homeless system and effect:
- Enhanced diversion practices
- Reduced recidivism rates
- Reduction in length of time a person is homeless
- Prevent people from becoming homeless the first time
- Greater accessibility for individuals and households in need of assistance
- Standardized intakes and assessments
- Increased collaborative community partnerships
- Better alignment of resources with need