Downtown San Diego’s Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement Launch Update

SurveysVIAligned with the 25 Cities Initiative, the Leadership Team of the Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego is implementing a Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system.

As part of a coordinated entry system, the Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) survey is being administered to residents of the City of San Diego’s Downtown Emergency Winter Shelter and completed surveys are being entered into the Performance Management and Communication Platform (PMCP), a database designed to assess and match those in need with appropriate resources.

The downtown VI-SPDAT pilot launched on April 28, 2014. Since then, the Alpha Project for the Homeless (Alpha Project), Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS), and qualified volunteers have administered the assessment tool to over 194 residents of the Winter Shelter.

VI-SPDAT Survey Tool Results for 194 residents (to-date):

  • 31% (60 people) scored 0-4: Recommends no subsidy
  • 49% (95 people) scored 5-9: Recommends Rapid Re-housing (RRH)
  • 20% (39 people) scored 10+: Recommends Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

Resources have been committed for 115 Rapid Re-housing (RRH) and 46 Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) placements. It is important to note with appreciation the coordinated efforts of SDHC,  Alpha Project, PATH and MHS to develop more than enough resources to house everybody from the Winter Shelter who fell into one of the categories above identified through the VI-SPDAT scoring. Downtown San Diego’s effort on this initiative is allowing our community to move one step closer to ending homelessness. On June 4-5, 2014, the 25 Cities Initiative Community Launch and the launch of the official PMCP database will take place.

Next month, we will provide more updates on the 25 Cities Initiative Community Launch in San Diego.