The purpose of the MWVHA Coordinated Entry Committee is to create policies and procedures for the CoC’s coordinated entry system; to monitor the progress of organizations implementing coordinated entry to ensure it is functioning effectively; to arrange for technical assistance to participating organizations; to recommend system changes, as necessary; and to recruit agencies for participation in coordinated entry. The Coordinated Entry Committee Chair is Ashley Hamilton, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. The full committee roster can be found here.
BUILT FOR ZERO – Kaiser Permanente has joined forces with the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance to implement Built for Zero in the Marion-Polk county region. Built for Zero is a national initiative of more than 80 communities committed to ending chronic and veteran homelessness by using real-time data to improve performance, adopt proven best practices, and deploy existing resources more efficiently. Forty-eight (48) communities have achieved a measurable reduction, and 14 communities have ended chronic or veteran homelessness. More than 126,100 individuals have been housed by Built for Zero communities since January 2015.
As a subcommittee of the Coordinated Entry Committee, the Built-for-Zero (BFZ) Strategy Team focuses on three main tasks, 1) meet 28 criteria for a quality By-Name List, 2) map the geographic coverage or access points to the homeless services system, and 3) support collaborative case conferencing with multiple service providers working together to house Veterans and chronically homeless individuals. BFZ Strategy Team members include Church at the Park, Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Northwest Human Services, PacificSource, Polk Community Development Corporation, Salem Housing Authority, Shangri-La, and the Veterans Administration.
- To research and examine the racial inequities across our system, and build an equitable system in response;
- To provide robust education to the community, including the business sector, around our homeless services system, the existing road blocks our community faces, and mapping pathways to housing for all; and
- To use data, voices of lived experience, and cross-sector collaboration in a continuous improvement model that creates a road map to functional zero.