Homeward 2020 believes in data-driven planning and actions.
The Community Dashboard Demonstration was a partnership initiative between Homeward 2020 and Homeward Alliance Housing First Initiative from 2017-2019 focussed on robust examples of data development and compelling reporting. The real-time, interactive public dashboard provided an accurate picture of both population and system data, assisting development of the scope and scale of local homelessness response and solutions. These dashboards continue to be used by the Homeward 2020 Collaborative agencies and the broader community to demonstrate the impact of actionable information and performance data to help our community realize our vision to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring.
Population data helps us better understand who is experiencing homelessness and to deliver efficient services from our response system. We now understand unique categories of people in the system to help us build targeted, right-sized services and housing supports. We know who is eligible for existing resources – seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and youth, for example. We see opportunities for targeted services to fill gaps, such as dedicated staff to help with Medicaid enrollments, mental health and substance use concerns, job placements, and the need for housing subsidies to access market-rate housing rentals among persons with extremely low and limited incomes.
System Data Dashboard (click here)
We know how many people need supportive housing today. We can also better see flow in and out of our system over time. We closely monitor the rates at which people are entering long-term homelessness, as well as the growing number of people in the system seeing no status change over time due to a lack of ability to ‘exit’ them from the system by finding permanent solutions. A large part of our system effort is to reduce the large ‘iceberg’ feature you see in our System Cumulatives – the ongoing ‘actively homeless’ with no status change over time.
Using the Interactive Data Dashboards
The dashboards are interactive!
Hover over information for more details, click on different data points and see the dashboard react, and explore.
For example, click on “61+” and learn more about our community’s seniors experiencing long-term homelessness, or learn more about the new people entering long-term homelessness.
Just be sure to ‘refresh’ or reset the dashboard each time after you see it reset to your interest – it cannot add layers of inquiry.
Is Fort Collins making homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring?
Making homelessness rare means our system is seeing fewer and fewer numbers of people entering homelessness, particularly long-term homelessness. Are our numbers of people entering long-term homelessness increasing or decreasing? What are the rates of new entries into long-term homelessness? Are new entries into homelessness outpacing our exits? Who is experiencing homelessness and what are the causes of homelessness?
Making homelessness short-lived means moving people experiencing homelessness quickly into housing. Are we reducing the numbers of new entries into long-term homelessness? How long have the people experiencing homelessness in Fort Collins been homeless? What programs and interventions are seeing best outcomes?
Making homelessness non-recurring means people find stability and supports to keep them permanently in housing. Are people retaining housing? What is causing people to lose housing? What helps people keep housing?
Important Data Definitions
Important Data Definitions
The data includes individuals who are homeless in Fort Collins for six months or longer.
This data dashboard does not represent everyone who is homeless in Fort Collins.
The dashboard definition of “long-term” homelessness is different than the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of chronic homelessness.
Data collection and verification is coordinated among several collaborating agencies including Homeward Alliance, Murphy Center, Catholic Charities, Fort Collins Rescue Mission, SummitStone Health Partners, Outreach Fort Collins, Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System, and other agencies in the community.