CCEH seeks to fully understand the scope of chronic homelessness here in Concord.
Concord Area Provider Network – The Priority List (By Name list)
You can’t set measurable goals to work down to zero homelessness unless you know, in real-time, where you are at right now. How many people ARE chronically homeless in Concord? Where are they? What are their particular strengths and barriers? Do they have a car? Right now, we estimate that there are 100-150 chronically homeless people in Concord, living in a shelter, in their car, or in an encampment somewhere. But we don’t know for sure how many people there are.
The State of New Hampshire, and our Merrimack Belknap region, have been working for some time to create a Coordinated Entry System and database that will allow us to pin this information down, keep it UPDATED in real time, and SHARE it between agencies so we can work together to get people connected to housing and the level of support they need.
To enhance that effort, CCEH created the new position of Outreach Services Coordinator responsible for making sure that every person who comes into contact with CCEH is accurately included in the Coordinated Entry system. The position will work with all the other agencies conducting various types of outreach in Concord, such as mental health outreach or substance use disorder (SUD) outreach, to make sure everyone THEY come into contact with is in the database, AND will be working to see that all the agencies collaborate and work together effectively to find solutions for each person. All the communities that have ended chronic Homelessness started with this shared database, sometimes called a By Name List, sometimes called a Prioritization List, with the purpose of getting an accurate handle on the exact scope of the issue they are trying to solve, and working together with all the relevant agencies, with shared information, to solve it.