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2011 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count: Opt In Program Partner with LAHSA to get the local homelessness data you need May 2, 2015 1/12.

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1 2011 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count: Opt In Program Partner with LAHSA to get the local homelessness data you need May 2, /12

2 Overview What is the Homeless Count? What is the Opt In Program? 2009 Opt In Participants Why should my jurisdiction/group join the Opt In Program? Opt In Program: Basic Components What’s Next? May 2, 20152/12

3 What is the Homeless Count? At least once every 2 years, volunteers from across the nation hit the streets to better understand what homelessness looks like in their communities. Due to Los Angeles County’s size and population, the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is the largest in the nation. Homeless Counts are required by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for every Continuum of Care (CoC). May 2, 20153/12

4 What is the Homeless Count? Part of the SuperNOFA application which brings in $70+ Million in federal funding for local homeless housing and services programs -- demonstrates our region’s need. ◦HUD does not base funding decisions on estimates from Homeless Counts at this time… however, that may change. ◦Additionally, HUD requires that CoCs document the scale of homelessness in their communities as part of the SuperNOFA funding application. There will be 5 major pieces to the 2011 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count ◦Street Count (3 days in late January 2011) ◦Shelter Count (3 days in late January 2011) ◦Youth Count (2-3 days in March 2011) ◦Hidden Homeless Telephone Survey (Begins February 2011) ◦Homeless Demographic Survey (Begins March 2011) May 2, 20154/12

5 What is the Opt In Program? The Opt In program is a partnership with roles and responsibilities for LAHSA and participating jurisdictions The program enables jurisdictions to get complete street counts for their areas as a whole and at the census tract level There are no fees or charges to participate – only in kind resources are needed (mostly volunteers) May 2, 20155/12

6 What is the Opt In Program? Opt in participant’s responsibilities: o Appoints a lead coordinator o Mobilizes volunteers and deployment site coordinators o Provides security at deployment site o Most Opt Ins coordinated with local law enforcement o Secure deployment sites o Picks-up & returns materials LAHSA’s responsibilities: o Purchases all needed count materials (including clipboards, maps, shirts, etc.) o Trains all volunteers, deployment center coordinators and trainers o Hires statistical consultants o Coordinates all aspects of Count methodology o Works with lead coordinator on census tract selection, volunteer estimates, etc. o Provides technical assistance to lead coordinators May 2, 20156/12

7 2009 Opt In Participants May 2, 20157/12

8 Why should my jurisdiction/group join the Opt In Program? Obtain homeless count data for your jurisdiction Improve your ability to plan at the local level Improve coordination with COGs, elected officials, providers and funders Raise public awareness about homelessness o Use the HC11 volunteer drive to bolster community involvement May 2, 20158/12

9 Why should my jurisdiction/group join the Opt In Program? Support Grant Applications Use Opt In data to plan a Homeless Vulnerability Index Registry and join the 100,000 Homes Campaign Inform Consolidated Plan and Housing Element efforts May 2, 20159/12

10 Why should my jurisdiction/group join the Opt In Program? HC11Opt In Program Geographical Availability of High Confidence Interval Street Count & Shelter Count Data 1.Continuum of Care & County 2.Service Planning Area 3.Supervisorial District 4.City of Los Angeles 1.Your Jurisdiction’s/ Group’s Area 2.Census Tract Level Data of Your Area Leverage the County and City’s commitments in HC11’s statistical consultants to get jurisdictional data with a 95% confidence interval o As part of the larger count, Opt In estimates are produced using the same components and methodology May 2, /12

11 Opt In Program: Basic Components Step 1: Notify LAHSA that your jurisdiction wants to participate Step 2: Determine the census tracts for your Opt In area Step 3: LAHSA will analyze your census tracts to determine how many volunteers, other in kind resources are required to participate Step 4: Sign the MOU Step 6: Send your deployment center coordinators in for training Step 5: Recruit volunteers & send in deployment center forms Step 7: Day of Count Set up deployment center Volunteers get trained Deploy Volunteers Return Materials May 2, /12

12 What’s Next? Notify LAHSA of your jurisdiction’s intention to participate in the Opt In program Start building your volunteer list, recruit organizational partners HC11 dates are still being determined o HUD Mandates that they must be in the last 10 days of January 2011 Contact: Mark Silverbush, LAHSA Policy & Planning Analyst, May 2, /12


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