Butte Housing is Health Care Data Coordination Project
Action, Inc. is the nonprofit community action agency for the six-county region around Butte and works to develop pathways out of poverty for area residents. This grant will support Action, Inc. to create a database that allows the Butte Housing is Health Care Initiative partners to track and coordinate housing units and supportive services. It will begin by working with partners – including the Butte Housing Authority, St. James Healthcare, and Southwest Montana Community Health Center – to assess the data systems they currently use to track homeless individuals and their interactions with health, justice, and social service systems. Then, the team will agree to a set of data elements that will allow partners to track and more effectively manage outcomes for these individuals and build them into the new data tracking platform. Funding will support project coordination staffing, consultation, and data system access. The new shared data system will enable the partners to align housing units with supportive services, creating a more effective permanent supportive housing program for the region.