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Single Adult Homelessness Services Dashboard

City of Boulder Single Adult Homelessness Services Dashboard: Starting Oct. 1, 2017

This “Dashboard Report” is an at-a-glance informational resource on utilization and performance of the new adult homeless services system launched Oct. 1, 2017. The new countywide system is focused on housing outcomes, with coordinated entry as a gateway to services. Although the adult homeless services system is a countywide effort, this dashboard primarily targets services and outcomes within the City of Boulder. For countywide information, visit  Homeless Solutions for Boulder County.  More information on terms and services featured in the dashboard is available through hovering over text and graphics, and at the bottom of this page. 

Adult Homelessness System: Key System Measures

 

Coordinated Entry

Coordinated Entry is the first stop and a key element of the adult homeless service system included in the goals for the City of Boulder Homelessness Strategy. Coordinated Entry is a national best practice and has been implemented countywide with standardized procedures. All homeless adults seeking services enter through a limited number of community entry points, where they are assessed with common screening tools and matched with appropriate service and housing paths. In Boulder, Coordinated Entry is being temporarily provided via telephone at 303-579-4404. After construction is completed, Boulder Coordinated Entry will be located at 909 Arapahoe. For more information on countywide Coordinated Entry, please visit: https://www.bouldercounty.org/homeless/

Housing-Focused Shelter

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is providing housing-focused shelter (HFS) in the new system. HFS is year-round, ongoing shelter for moderate- and high-need people that are longer-term local residents unable to resolve their housing crisis without significant support. These residents are screened through the Coordinated Entry system before acceptance into HFS. HFS participants stay in shelter, with support to develop a housing plan, until permanently housed at other locations. HFS replaces the previous lottery system where people with various needs entered on a night-by-night basis without screening, assessment or ongoing programming. This change is based on national best practices and policy to effectively address homelessness, stabilize residents with the most need, get them into housing more quickly, and reduce demand on overall emergency systems. HFS is provided at 4869 Broadway. 

Navigation Services

Navigation services are intended to eliminate or reduce time in local homelessness services for lower-need persons that may be able to resolve their housing crisis with limited short-term assistance. Overnight shelter is available for up to 50 adults with navigation plans.  Boulder Shelter for the Homeless provides navigation services in the City of Boulder through its shelter at 4869 Broadway. People enter Navigation Services via Coordinated Entry referral.

Diversion

Diversion Services are provided through the Coordinated Entry process. These services provide light assistance for such things as reunification to families or support systems or assistance with landlord communication. The goal of the Diversion Services program is to keep people from entering long-term homelessness or the sheltering system. While all people who are screened through Coordinated Entry are eligible for Diversion Services, it is the primary resource for people who are not Boulder County residents.

Severe Weather Shelter for Single Adults

Severe Weather Shelter, operated by Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (BSH), uses unfilled beds to provide supplemental shelter when the following weather conditions are predicted:

  • National Weather Service (NWS) warning or watch for winter weather, winter storm, blizzard, cold/wind chill, extreme cold/wind chill, heavy snow, ice storm; OR
  • NWS predicts a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below; OR
  • NWS predicts a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit or below with precipitation predicted.

Current information on Severe Weather Shelter openings: http://bit.ly/severeWeatherShelter