NOFA and Outreach Grid
Are you considering a Coordinated Entry System but concerned about funding and how to compose it in your NOFA applications? Let us help!
At the Continuum of Care (CoC) level, we can assist in addressing questions about the implementation of a system like Outreach Grid and how we can contribute to your Coordinated Entry Process. Here’s how Outreach Grid can help you identify, engage, and assist homeless individuals:
IDENTIFY — Uses collaborative location mapping and data collection to allow outreach workers to quickly identify those who are homeless or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. Users and contributors are able to record locations of individuals and camps, and to conduct assessments on site, in the streets. Service workers and housing assessors are notified immediately of the needs of these individuals, and if needed now have a known location where they can follow up with clients.
ENGAGE — Service and housing workers can meet with homeless individuals where they are, bridging the gap of trust and lowering barriers, like transportation and access, to housing and services. Outreach Grid also allows clients to self-engage with the coordinated entry system with our applicants feature. The platform also supports engagement from community stakeholders, such as citizens and law enforcement, by allowing them to report the location of encampments and those who may be homeless or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.
ASSIST — Outreach Grid allows service workers to perform collaborative outreach to more effectively assist homeless individuals. Homeless individuals are quickly provided entry into the coordinated entry process and quickly referred to services and recommended for housing that matches their needs and qualifications.
If you are completing an application for a Supportive Services Only — Coordinated Entry project, we can help you envision how Outreach Grid can meet the scope, timeline, and budget of your project. We can also breakdown what advertising strategies and referral processes would look like for your project.
SCOPE — Outreach Grid provides a centralized platform that allows service workers to collect and store client and camp information and to provide referrals for individuals to services. This platform also engages community stakeholders by allowing them to contribute information that will assist in identifying and engaging homeless individuals and households, and connecting those at risk to proper housing and services. The platform also allows those experiencing homelessness, particularly those that are unsheltered and in need of immediate assistance, to self-identify and quickly connect to aid. It supports a system where access points are virtual and accessible 24/7 from anywhere.
SCHEDULE- Implementation of Outreach Grid begins with a pilot, where the Outreach Grid team works directly with partnering agencies to determine system needs and to develop a plan and workflow for the platform. At the end of the pilot, Outreach Grid works intensively with your organizations to evaluate system performance in relation to your timeline, and to implement solutions for success.
ADVERTISING — Outreach Grid works with your CoC to come up with a comprehensive advertisement strategy to connect those who are experiencing homelessness with service and housing opportunities by connecting them through the Outreach Grid network. We canvas and network with outreach workers and those who are homeless to find out communication flows and gathering points for those experiencing homelessness and those at risk. We then employ methods like flyers at service locations and public transportation centers, and community engagement activities at libraries and community centers.
REFERRALS — Outreach workers, equipped with laptops, tablets, or their cellular devices, are able to engage those living on the streets and collect encampment and client data. They are also able to perform assessments using the Outreach Grid platform, and those assessments are evaluated and scored in real-time, and messaging is communicated to appropriate services and housing programs.
Those in need are also able to access the system by registering as an applicant. By completing a customizable form, the applicant is referred to services agencies who can complete the coordinated assessment process.
Community members are also able to contribute to the system by reporting via Outreach Grid locations of camps or at-risk individuals, so that participating agencies are able to conduct more targeted and comprehensive outreach.
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