System Performance Measures for FY16

In this post, I will share with you all the System Performance Measures for the Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care, submitted to the Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) earlier this year. Meghan Morrow from the Institute for Community Alliances (ICA) provided an overview on these at the July VCEH meeting. Thank you to ICA for their work compiling the data and presenting it in an easy-to-digest format.

First, what are System Performance Measures?

In 2015, HUD developed System Performance Measures to help evaluate and measure progress of homeless assistance systems nationwide (length of homelessness, returns to homelessness, new clients experiencing homelessness, etc.) The measures as a whole look at homeless assistance as a coordinated system within a given geographic region, as opposed to disparate programs that operate independently in that same region. In addition to submitting the measures annually to HUD for the competitive Continuum of Care Funding application, homeless assistance systems can use System Performance Measures to develop baseline data, establish system-wide goals and evaluate projects. The data can also be augmented with other local data sources for a fuller picture. Click here to learn more.

A few things to note when looking at the data:

  • FY15 data is for 10/1/14-9/30/15, and FY16 data is for 10/1/15-9/30/16.
  • The Balance of State Continuum of Care data does not include Chittenden County.
  • The data is from all emergency shelter, safe haven, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, street outreach & permanent housing providers that input data into Vermont’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Some measures include a subset of these providers. It does not include some providers or agencies that have yet to input their data into HMIS.

Below are some highlights of the FY16 System Performance Measures. Here you can see all the measures in one dashboard.

Returns to Homelessness

Measures the percentage of clients returning to the homeless assistance system (Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, etc.) after originally having exited the system to a permanent housing destination.

  • For FY16, 7% of clients, or 74 people, returned to homelessness within 6 months.
  • For FY16, 15% of clients, or 121 people, returned to homelessness within 2 years.
  • Within all time period categories, there was an increase in percentage of returns to homelessness from FY15 to FY16. This increase was most pronounced for returns to homelessness after 2 years, with 10% for FY15 and 15% for FY16.

Increase in Income

Measures the percentage of clients that increase their income (earned income & non-employment incomes) while enrolled in Continuum of Care funded projects, which include Transitional Housing, Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing. The graph below shows data for “leavers,” meaning clients who exited the project within the reporting period.

  • For FY16, 14% of clients increased their earned income; 23% increased their non-employment income.
  • For FY16, 32% of clients increased their total income (earned and non-employment), down from 41% in FY15
  • Our numbers are below the high performing community goals set by HUD, which are 20% for increased earn income and 54% for increased non-employment income. Some of this gap may be attributed to the high-needs population that we are prioritizing housing resources for and the fact that many clients are entering projects already with both earned and non-employment income.

To view all the measures in easy-to-explore graphs, head to ICA’s System Performance Measure Dashboard and select “Vermont-Vermont Balance of State CoC.” While there, you can also take a look at the performance of many other Continua of Cares nation-wide.

HUD NOFA Timeline & Project Funding Summary

The following was sent out to the VCEH listserv on Monday, July 31, 2017. If you would like to be added to the listserv, please email Luke Dodge. 

Below you will find additional materials in preparation for the submission of the FY17 Continuum of Care Programs application for homeless assistance. The materials below pertain the Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care (VT BoS CoC). As a reminder, the VT BoS CoC comprises all 13 counties outside of Chittenden County.

  • Timeline for the Consolidated Application: As a reminder, the CoC Consolidated Application is made up of the CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing, with all of the CoC’s project applications either approved and ranked, or rejected.
  • Project Funding Options Summary: This summary includes information on the reallocation of existing projects, current projects, and potential new projects funded through reallocations and a Permanent Housing Bonus.

As part of the timeline for the Consolidated Application, all VCEH members are invited to review a draft of the application on Tuesday, August 29 from 1-3PM.  Please RSVP to Daniel Blankenship if you would like to be part of this call. More information on the call will follow, closer to the date. Thank you!

Letter of Intent Form for FY17 VT Balance of State Continuum Care of Projects

On July 14, 2017, as part of the annual Continuum of Care Program Competition, HUD released the Notice of Funding Availability for FFY2017 funds.  Over 400 HUD-designated Continuums of Care compete for approximately $2 billion as part of a community process.  This Letter of Intent Form, which was emailed out on July 19, 2017 to the VCEH listserv, applies to the Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care (VT BoS CoC) only, which includes all counties within the State of Vermont, except Chittenden which submits a separate CoC NOFA application to HUD.  The Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) is the primary decision-making body for the VT BoS CoC.  The Vermont State Housing Authority acts in the role as the Collaborative Applicant to submit the CoC Consolidated Application:  CoC [Community] Application, CoC Planning application, and a CoC Priority Listing that includes/lists all project applications accepted and ranked or rejected in the CoC local competition.

The Letter of Intent form can be found here. A list of existing FFY2016 VT BoS CoC Projects can be found at:  https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/coc-giw-reports/

See FFY2017 HUD CoC Program NOFA for details, including on which types of projects the VT BoS CoC may apply for up to the $3,239,692 in available funding this year, through:

  • renewal of existing projects
  • reallocating all or part funding from existing projects to create new project(s), and/or
  • applying for new Permanent Housing Bonus project(s).

Please review the Letter of Intent Form and FFY2017 HUD CoC Program NOFA for details and more information on how to apply. Contact Daniel Blankenship with questions.

The mission of the Coalition is to end homelessness in Vermont through sharing information, developing resources, providing a forum for decision-making and to promote decent, safe, fair, affordable shelter for all.