How many Continuum of Care Projects for Homeless Persons
are Asserting Low Barriers and Committing to a Housing First Approach
in the State of California?
(A brief prepared by Joe Colletti, PhD and Sofia Herrera, PhD)
Among the 942 new and renewal projects submitted by all Continuums of Care project applicants within the 43 Continuums of Care (CoCs) in California to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Continuum of Care (CoC) funding in November, 2015,
- 91% (854) indicated that their projects operate as low barrier projects, meaning that they do not screen out potential project participants based on the following four barriers: 1) too little or little income; 2) active or history of substance use; 3) criminal record, with exceptions for state-mandated restrictions; and 4) history of having been or being currently a victim of domestic violence (e.g., lack of a protective order, period of separation from abuser, or law enforcement involvement);
- 85% (800) committed to using a Housing First approach, meaning that the project quickly houses clients without preconditions or service participation requirements.
Source: FY 2015 Continuum of Care Applications submitted by all
43 California Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development
Appendix A in the Brief provides a list of all 43 Continuums of Care in the State of California that includes the total number of projects, total number and percent of projects that are low barrier, and the total number and percent of projects that reportedly have adopted a Housing First approach for each Continuum of Care.
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