Coordinated Entry

On December 14, 2022, the Housing for Health Partnership Policy Board approved three action steps to allow H4H Division staff to move forward with a redesign expected to be implemented April 1, 2023.

  1. The Vulnerability Index- Service Priority Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) will no longer be used as an assessment after December 31, 2022.
  2. Specific staff may voluntarily engage in housing problem-solving using paper versions of a new assessment (Housing Needs Assessment) and a Housing Action Plan from January 2023 through March 2023.
  3. Active participants on the Housing Queue on December 31, 2022 will continue to be prioritized, matched, and referred to housing based on VI-SPDAT scores through March 2023.

Therefore, effective December 30, 2022, the Smart Path assessment workflow will be disabled in Clarity. In January, February, and March, H4H Division staff will be working with designated providers to pilot the new process. The process uses a problem-solving approach to assess and work with people experiencing homelessness in moving towards stable housing; select staff designated to provide this service are referred to as Connectors. The approach is intended to facilitate frequent and useful engagement with people experiencing homelessness, as well as more transparency for participants and service providers about who will be referred to housing programs and what the timeline is.

 

Updates on the transition and redesign will be provided monthly. More information on the requirements and expectations associated with becoming a Connector will be forthcoming. Specific questions can be directed to HousingforHealth@santacruzcounty.us.