Improving Community-wide Targeting of Supportive Housing to End Chronic Homelessness: The Promise of Coordinated Assessment

Coordinated Assessment, if comprehensive and well-integrated with mainstream service systems, can help communities move toward their goal of ending homelessness by improving the speed, accuracy and consistency of the client screening and assessment process and targeting scarce resources more efficiently and accurately in order to be most effective.

This paper describes key factors within homeless systems and the supportive housing industry that impede effective targeting of supportive housing for chronically homeless populations and identifies strategies for building robust Coordinated Assessment systems that successfully address these shortcomings.

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