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Thriving and Healthy Residents

Maintain percentage of clients exiting rehousing programs to permanent housing to 60% through 2025

57% 

FY20 Actual


FY19 Actual
58%

Objective Description

Homeless households that come to the attention of the Coordinated Entry System are moved into permanent housing with the support of case management services. The Coordinated Entry System works to rehouse individuals and families experiencing homelessness via assistance with housing location, financial assistance, and case management. Those that do no move into permanent housing upon exiting the system primarily enter an emergency shelter or find temporary housing with a relative or friend. Howard County operates under the philosophy of Housing First, with an attempt to get people who have experienced homelessness back into permanent housing as rapidly as possible.

Trend Analysis

Housing outcomes remained strong through early 2020. However, once the community spread of COVID-19 was detected in Maryland, the focus of the Coordinated Entry System shifted toward immediate safety response, including increasing shelter capacity while simultaneously instituting social distancing. People already in shelter who were at high risk of severe complications from COVID-19 were moved to hotel rooms, as were most people who were living outdoors. As the initial days of the pandemic waned, case management was re-instituted on a virtual basis and the County began coordinating targeted rehousing efforts that came to fruition last Summer and early Fall 2020.

Strategies

  • Make accessing assistance as seamless as possible through the use of a single point of entry to the Coordinated Entry System.
  • Avoid homelessness when at all possible, through diversion and prevention activities.
  • Rehouse literally homeless households as quickly as possible through housing searches, financial assistance, and case management for housing stabilization.

Source: Howard County Continuum of Care

Target = 75

Detailed Analysis


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