The City is moving to a single software system that will streamline the ability of homeless service providers to coordinate care for the City’s homeless population.
Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Council President Todd Gloria said in a recent statement that this approach will greatly enhance providers’ effectiveness.
“By coordinating our efforts we will never miss an opportunity to connect a homeless individual or family with an open emergency bed or housing unit,” Faulconer said. “We’re using the power of technology to make real change in people’s lives. I funded this initiative because it’s a major leap forward in San Diego’s mission to end homelessness.”
“Investing in this system is essential to bringing more annual federal funds to the City and County of San Diego for homeless programs and is a critical step in delivering coordinated and efficient services to the homeless,” Gloria said.
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) allows for improved care for the regions’ homeless by providing real-time data on individuals that will help match them with housing and identify appropriate services.
The move involves a $400,000 allocation to the San Diego Housing Commission, which will use those funds to execute an agreement with the Regional Task on the Homeless to switch three major providers – Episcopal Community Services, Father Joe’s Villages and Veterans Village of San Diego – to ServicePoint software.
“The San Diego Housing Commission is pleased to collaborate with our partners to support the ‘Housing First’ model in the City of San Diego, which is to provide housing as quickly as possible, with supportive services as needed,” said Richard C. Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission.
The move was seen as good news by St. Vincent de Paul.
“It is critical that the community have a coordinated system and St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to that,” said Ruth Bruland, Executive Director.
All providers are expected to be using the same system by June 30, the end of the fiscal year.