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St. Louis City

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John Tsikalas

on 30 November 2017

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Transcript of St. Louis City

Our Mission

We are a collaborative network of organizations providing agency-specific services to #endhomelessness in the
St. Louis region.

With transparency and accountability,
these service providers determine the best responses for helping people at risk of,
or experiencing homelessness.

Our Plan
We will accomplish our mission through
Housing First
Coordinated Entry
to determine the most effective services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Housing First is the solution to ending chronic homelessness.

It's an evidence-based approach that tells us to remove barriers, doing intake and assessment early, move people into housing and offer them support to achieve their goals.

What is Housing First?
Why Housing First?
It works!

Studies show that communities using this strategy have successfully helped people achieve self-sufficiency and get out of homelessness.
What about helping people
with employment and health?
Housing First does not mean housing only.

Support services are necessary for Housing First to succeed.

We provide a comprehensive approach; clients are referred among the service providers based on their areas of expertise
What is
Coordinated Entry?
Coordinated Entry is a consistent, multi-agency process to effectively implement the housing first plan.

Intake specialists conduct discovery sessions with clients and assess and direct them to the proper level of support services before, during and after they are housed.
Why Coordinated Entry?
The goal of Coordinated Entry is to improve the delivery of housing and shelter services for single adults, families and youth in the community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

What is a
Front Door?
A front door is a geographically centralized location, either physical or virtual, where families can go to access intake and assessment.

Where are the
Front Doors?
If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk,
go to the location listed below to meet with an intake specialist:

Men, women and families, and youth: Biddle Housing Opportunities Center (1212 N. 13th St.)
Domestic violence (Call 211 for a list of providers)
For more information, call the United Way's 211 helpline.
What is
Biddle Housing
Opportunities Center?
Biddle Housing Opportunities Center is a comprehensive pathway to housing options and support services for people who are homeless or at risk.

Opened in August 2016, this new initiative on North Tucker in downtown St. Louis is the most necessary next step to ending chronic homelessness in the region.
What is a
VI-SPDAT stands for Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool.

It is an established survey tool to determine the most appropriate program or service for each client.

For more information:
What's the
By working collaboratively with individuals, businesses, government, and other service providers,
we will end chronic homelessness in the St. Louis region.
Why Coordinated Entry?
• Rapidly exit people from homelessness to stable housing

• Ensure that the hardest-to-serve population, with the greatest needs, are served

• Serve clients as efficiently and effectively as possible

• Ensure transparency and accountability throughout the process
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