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Since the 25 Cities Initiative in 2014, the Metro Denver community has been building its OneHome Coordinated Entry System: a regional, client-centered process that enables our community to assess and identify the housing and support needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. OneHome helps target mobile outreach and housing navigation for people with the greatest needs. OneHome also matches the right level of service and housing intervention as quickly and efficiently as possible, while being respectful of client choice and local providers.
The OneHome process is comprised of several key components including:
Assessment: OneHome utilizes the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) to assess an individual's level of vulnerability at locations throughout the seven-county region.
Prioritization: Currently, OneHome prioritizes Veterans and chronically homeless individuals to ensure that access to available housing resources is provided to those with the greatest need.
Navigation and Case Conferencing: The individuals with the highest priority are assigned a Housing Navigator to assist them in obtaining the most suitable housing resources for their needs.
Housing referral: Housing vacancies and other available resources are matched with individuals experiencing homelessness that have been prioritized for specific housing interventions.
Data Collection: OneHome collects and utilizes real-time, accessible client-specific data to inform housing matches.
About Coordinated Assessment
OneHome operates Coordinated Assessment (also known as Coordinated Entry or Coordinated Intake), which paves the way for more efficient homeless crisis response systems by:
- Helping people move through the system faster (by reducing the number of time people spend moving from program to program before finding the right match);
- Reducing new entries into homelessness (by consistently offering prevention and diversion resources upfront, reducing the number of people entering the system unnecessarily); and
- Improving data collection and quality and providing accurate information on what kind of assistance consumers need.