The Coordinated Access System (CAS) project is underway. SSF is beginning a phased approach for bringing shelters on board to ensure each shelter’s specific needs and processes are considered. We expect to have four phases in total with each phase lasting about a month to complete. Phase 1 shelters, referral entities and 211 staff are currently being trained and updated on changes that will be happening. The public launch will occur after all waitlist management and referral processes have been integrated into 211’s processes, allowing callers seeking homeless and housing assistance to be triaged and connected to appropriate resources, including CAS shelters.
This August, we facilitated the second of four housing problem-solving trainings; 10 different providers attended, some of who will become problem-solving access points. Our PLE Coordinator is now co-training and is aiming to eventually build a team of trainers who will continue providing these valuable skills to the community. The next two trainings will occur in October 2022 and January 2023 for 211 staff, outreach and targeted homeless providers who will be engaging in housing problem-solving through CAS.
SSF also received 3 proposals in response to the CAN RFP that was released in June. All proposals were reviewed by a non-conflicted panel made up of providers, persons with lived expertise, and government entities. We’re excited to announce the selected CAN agency soon!