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October 2019 Housing Data Snapshot Update

Community Support Services partners with homeless service agencies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to enter, collect, analyze and report data on housing and homelessness in the community. This June blog post describes the release of a new Housing Data Snapshot page, which provides regular reporting on three critical data points: the One Number, “By-Name” List Movement, and Coordinated Entry. The newest data has been added to the Housing Data Snapshot. This blog post highlights the latest changes and provides an in-depth analysis to describe what these changes mean for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Built for Zero in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is one of more than 70 communities participating in the Built for Zero movement. Built for Zero communities seek to change how local systems work to achieve greater impact. Built for Zero seeks to unite entities around a commitment to measurably ending homelessness while incorporating real-time, by-name data. More than half of the Built for Zero communities have achieved reductions in the number of people experiencing chronic and veteran homelessness. And, of those 11 communities have proven they can end veteran or chronic homelessness altogether. This blog post focuses on the key messages part of the Built for Zero movement and what it means for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

The Housing & Homelessness Ecosystem

Mecklenburg County Community Support Services (CSS), in partnership with UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, releases today (September 12, via the Dashboard) the Housing & Homelessness Ecosystem of community providers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The Ecosystem is one part of a multi-step process in creating a culture of continuous improvement. To read more about why an Ecosystem matters for Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and about how definitions are organized, check out the last two blog posts on the Building Bridges Blog. This week’s blog post highlights the main components of the Ecosystem and suggests ways to use the information. The Ecosystem is not a static document; rather it is a dynamic site contained within the Dashboard that will be updated annually.

Defining the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Ecosystem

Mecklenburg County Community Support Services (CSS) in partnership with UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, is producing the Housing & Homelessness Ecosystem of community providers as a first step in what is envisioned as creating a culture of continuous improvement. Last week’s Building Bridges blog post discusses why an Ecosystem matters for Charlotte-Mecklenburg. This week’s blog post provides more detail about the information contained on the Ecosystem, which will be released on the Dashboard in September.

August 2019 Housing Data Snapshot Update

Community Support Services partners with homeless service agencies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to enter, collect, analyze and report data on housing and homelessness in the community. This June blog post describes the release of a new Housing Data Snapshot page, which provides regular reporting on three critical data points: the One Number, “By-Name” List Movement, and Coordinated Entry. This blog provides the newest data update from the Housing Data Snapshot, highlights changes, and provides in-depth analysis to describe what these changes mean for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Getting Involved with the CoC Governance Process

On August 14, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services hosted a Continuum of Care (CoC) Governance Kick-Off Meeting.  This event shared important updates to the local CoC Governance process and provided opportunities for individuals and organizations to get involved in the establishment of a new CoC Governance Charter for the community. Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are partnering to shift the management of the Continuum of Care (CoC) from the City to the County.  This change is being made as part of a comprehensive response to the community need for permanent, affordable housing. (To read more about the transition process, read last week’s blog post.) This blog post provides a recap of the Kick-Off Event and highlights ways to get involved in the CoC Governance process.

CoC Community Transition Update

Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte are collaborating strategically in new and different ways as part of a comprehensive response to continued community needs around permanent, affordable housing.  One of these strategies is a partnership to transition the management of the Continuum of Care (CoC) from the City to Mecklenburg County. This blog post provides an update on this important work and what it means for the community.

New Data Quality Page Released

Last week, the Building Bridges blog post described the community focus on and impact of HMIS data quality in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. As part of the work to improve local housing and homelessness data quality, Community Support Services created the HMIS Data Quality page on the Housing & Homelessness Dashboard. This post is dedicated to the new HMIS Data Quality page launched today, Friday August 2nd. The page covers date quality as well as completeness for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Continuum of Care (CoC). In addition, the post shares how this data can be employed and some potential impacts for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

July 2019 By-Name List & Coordinated Entry Data Update

Community Support Services partners with homeless service agencies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to enter, collect, analyze and report data on housing and homelessness in the community. This June blog post describes the release of a new Housing Data Snapshot page, which provides regular reporting on three critical data points: the One Number, “By-Name” List Movement, and Coordinated Entry. Starting with this blog post, as new data is added to the Housing Data Snapshot, we will highlight changes and provide in-depth analysis to describe what these changes mean for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

New Program in Mecklenburg County: Keeping Families Together

Mecklenburg County recently allocated $1M to Community Support Services to replicate the MeckFUSE model in a new program with up to 50 families participating.   Called Keeping Families Together (KFT), this program is a model of permanent supportive housing.  Designed in partnership with Corporation for Supportive Housing, KFT is specifically for a subset of child welfare-involved families who typically present with an array of co-occurring challenges.   To date, KFT has proven to be a promising practice in improving child wellbeing and decreasing child welfare involvement among the most vulnerable families. This blog post provides an overview of the program and its potential impact in Mecklenburg County.