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Continuum of Care Grant: UPDATE October 18, 2011

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is currently accepting applications from communities for its Continuum of Care Grant, due 10/28/2011.  The purpose of Continuum of care funds are to reduce the incidence of homelessness in communities by assisting homeless individuals and families quickly in transitioning to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

On Thursday October 20 at 2PM on the 5th Floor of City Hall, representatives from the Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, the Homeless Coalition, and the City of Asheville’s Community Development Division will meet to review Asheville-Buncombe’s Continuum of Care grant application. This meeting is open to the public.

Each year, Asheville-Buncobme receives funding through the Continuum of Care to offer housing and services to people who are experiencing homelessness.   This community has a strong record in successfully implementing programs funded through this grant resulting in safe, stable housing for people experiencing homelessness.  This year, over $1 million dollars in funds are being requested.

At the meeting,  the community’s success with meeting the strategic goals of the grant will be discussed and the agencies managing the programs included in the grant will have an opportunity to discuss their application.

To see the grant announcement and access additional resouces, go to the HUD Homeless Resource Exchange.

Data Counts: 2011 Point in Time Count in the news! January 28, 2011

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Our annual Point in Time Count took place on January 26, 2011 and it was featured on WLOS! Check out the story by clicking the link below!

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Data Counts! The 2011 Point in Time Count January 25, 2011

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You may have heard that 600 individuals experience homelessness on any given night in our community. Have you ever wondered where that figure comes from?

This number reflects an estimate derived from the annual Point in Time Count. This year the count takes place on Wednesday, January 26th. Staff from homeless agencies, volunteers, and people who are experiencing homelessness will work together to count everyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness on the night of January 26th.

In addition to shelters and other housing programs, the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, Buncombe County Jail, police from Asheville, Montreat, Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Woodfin, and Weaverville, the Mission Hospital, the Charles George VA Medical Center, United Way’s 2-1-1, and agencies that provide crisis services to people in our community will help with the count.

Data collected during the count includes demographic information, causes of homelessness, where people are sleeping, and information about chronic homelessness, veteran status, and other subpopulation data. The count will include individuals and families staying outside, in shelters, and in other housing programs for people experiencing homelessness.

This year, the count will take extra care to include unaccompanied children and families, as well as people who are at risk of homelessness, including those experiencing:

  • Imminent Homelessness – An individual or family who is currently housed and is being evicted, asked to leave or needs to leave for another reason and who is expected to lose their housing within a week and lacks the resources to obtain or maintain housing.
  • Precarious Housing – An individual or family who is currently housed and is being evicted, asked to leave, or needs to leave for another reason and may or may not have the resources needed to obtain or maintain housing.

Asheville-Buncombe’s Point in Time Count is part of a national count. The Point in Time Count process will be used as the primary data source for federal agencies to understand homelessness trends and track progress against the goals and objectives contained in Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. Additionally, the Congressionally-mandated Annual Homeless Assessment Report is prepared using Point in Time and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data.

Throughout the year, data is collected by agencies in Asheville-Buncombe using HMIS. Agencies with accurate and valid data in the system will be able to pull their Point in Time Count from HMIS. This is a significant step forward for our community because it means that data in the HMIS system is now sufficient for evaluation and reporting.

We place a lot of importance on data collection and for good reason! The 10-Year Plan depends on accurate, timely data to inform our decisions and help us understand how effective our actions have been. The Point in Time Count is one of several measures (we’ll be looking at these later on) our community uses to evaluate homelessness and evaluate trends that we can respond to.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the results of this year’s Point in Time Count!  And remember! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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