High Goals Set for San Diego’s 25 Cities Initiative 100-Day Challenge

25 cities group.editIn early June, Community Solutions and the 100,000 Homes Campaign National Support Team facilitated a two-day kickoff for the Community Launch of the 25 Cities Initiative in San Diego. The kickoff was held to prepare the local 25 Cities Initiative team for downtown San Diego’s 100-Day Campaign. The team is using the VI-SPDAT survey tool to interview and assess 800 unsheltered homeless individuals. The goal is to place 150 veterans and 100 chronically homeless individuals in housing by mid-September 2014.

25 data.editThe two-day kickoff provided the 25 Cities Leadership Team, Design Team, and other stakeholders with an overview of the effort, information on upcoming goals for the team, and workshops for the Design Team to create a work plan for the 100-Day Campaign. The Design Team is a multi-agency group of approximately 20 homeless service providers.

The event opened with a host of speakers, including Congressman Scott Peters, San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, VA San Diego Healthcare System Director Jeffrey Gering, and San Diego Housing Commission’s CEO and President Rick Gentry. The speakers highlighted the importance of a Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement (CAHP) system and collaboration between homeless service providers to end homelessness in downtown San Diego. The Design Team decided is using the VI-SPDAT as the common assessment tool and the Performance Management and Communication Platform (PMCP) as the database for the 100-Day Campaign.

The Design Team established the following goals, strategies, and target dates for achieving these goals:

Goal Type  Sub Goal/Strategy Goal Target Date
Housing Navigation and Case Conferencing  Design Team will get commitments to build the San Diego Integrated Outreach Team to include 23 housing navigators from 9 identified organizations.  June 30,2014
Matching The San Diego Design Team will match 300 veteran and chronic homeless individuals.  August 15,2014
Coordinated Assessment Using a strategic and targeted approach, the San Diego Design Team will assess 800 unsheltered homeless through outreach teams, access points and identified acceleration strategies.  August 30,2014

25 cities trust circleOn Day 2 of the kickoff, the Design Team created a detailed work plan to outline action items to hold team members accountable for reaching their goals. The Design Team also selected initiative leaders, including Tom Theisen as the Team Leader, Imelda McClendon as the Community Coordinator, and Melissa Peterman as the Community Matcher to spearhead the implementation of the 100-Day Campaign.

The 25 Cities National Support Team will provide ongoing support, facilitation of meetings, tools, and coaching to the Design Team and leaders as they work to implement a CAHP system in San Diego.

Progress To-Date:

  • Over 1,000 completed VI-SPDATs and counting!
  • Acceleration Assessment Week June 23-26. Over 100 volunteers signed up!

The 25 Cities Team is looking for ongoing volunteers to assist with additional street outreach/assessment and data entry.  For more information and to volunteer, click here.

25 cities logoWe look forward to seeing the progress made over the next 100 days. Stay tuned for a mid-point update of the 100-Day Campaign 25 Cities Design Team Initiative in August.