Project Term: 12 months; 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $60,000
This project will develop a cross-systems data sharing between health care, homeless services, housing, criminal justice, child welfare, and emergency service systems to identify high-utilizers of these community service systems who are homeless or unstably housed. The data sharing effort will begin with an inclusive effort to include as many key stakeholders as possible and resolve barriers to data sharing to allow for meaningful system coordination. The grantee will identify people and families that demonstrate the greatest need and cost burden and examine root causes contributing to their homelessness and high utilization of system resources. The project will also utilize the data sharing efforts to study patterns of systems utilization related to existing affordable housing locations and resources particularly among vulnerable populations of seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with children. Through this process, broader system-wide solutions will be proposed in a Helena Regional Supportive Housing and Services Intervention Plan. The plan will identify possible funding sources to implement supportive housing and services, new housing and services partnerships, and improved cross-systems data sharing and coordination.