During 2017, LAHSA and community partners expanded the funding for continued development of the Coordinated Entry System (CES). However, the community faced significant changes with implementing the CES: Fiscal and operational responsibility for the CES for Single Adults transitioned from the Home For Good team at the United Way to LAHSA at the end 2016, and alignment around system policies and provider implementation was still in flux during 2017. Proposition HHH and Measure H funding had been committed, and DHS, DMH, SAPC, and LAHSA worked together throughout 2017 to develop a functional, comprehensive service pipeline for new PSH clients, but housing and services resources were not yet being seen on the ground. This led to significant bottlenecks following the VI-SPDAT assessment stage. At the same time, the CES client data needed to sustain clear and transparent protocols were transitioning to a new HMIS data system.
In 2017, as captured in the LAHSA’s HMIS, placements into permanent housing remain steady for the overall population but declined for some sub-populations, such as people experiencing chronic homelessness. Permanent housing placements are defined as project entries into HMIS-participating PSH, participants in HMIS-participating rapid rehousing who move in to a permanent unit with rental assistance, plus any other exits to permanent destinations from any program type. Permanent housing placements for people who experience chronic homelessness decreased from 2,683 in 2016 to 2,109 in 2017. Project entries into HMIS-participating PSH, a subset of permanent housing placements, also dropped by roughly 12 percent for people experiencing chronic homelessness from 2016 to 2017.
An important note to recognize is that in 2016 and 2017, permanent housing placement data is not aggregated from other community programs entering clients into permanent housing or PSH into HMIS. Data from any non-HMIS participating project funded by the VA Supportive Housing (VASH) program, DHS’s Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool, or the local housing authorities are not included in these totals. However, as the new HMIS system continues to ramp up in 2018, LAHSA and community agencies are working together to aggregate all data for clients who enter the homeless service system and are placed in permanent housing in HMIS.