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Our Progress for 2016

2016 Progress

Our goal is to serve 3,938 households in Pierce County funded emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing projects.

Coordinated Entry

What's Been Happening with Coordinated Entry?

Pierce County has been making changes to Centralized Intake.We began our transition to a new Coordinated Entry System (CES) in January 2016, with a new partnership of providers.

To date, we have implemented new screening procedures and have begun providing expanded problem solving/diversion services to people who contact AP4H. All of these changes are designed to achieve our overall goal of making CES more responsive to the immediate needs of people experiencing homeless and offering practical and effective help to resolve their crisis.

What's Changing with Coordinated Entry?

Beginning on October 3, 2016 we transitioned to the new Coordinated Entry System.

Households will be assessed using a standard and objective tool that identifies their vulnerability and the severity of their barriers to housing.

Those who are assessed as having the highest need for homeless system assistance will have prioritized access to our available non-same day shelter and our housing programs – primarily rapid re-housing and, to a lesser degree, permanent supportive housing.

Those with lower needs will be able to access the assistance of a Diversion Specialist to identify a practical solution to their housing crisis.  We will no longer maintain a waiting list or placement roster. 

Those with high needs will receive speedy referrals to housing while all others will have the ability to quickly access diversion assistance. 

Next steps for Coordinated Entry

We want to share plans for next steps in the refinement process. In the coming weeks we will offer a training session for providers to help you inform clients about Coordinated Entry so that clients know what to expect from the system. In December 2016 we will hold a feedback session where all our partners can share their thoughts about strengths and challenges of the new CES implementation.

We have asked our consultants, Focus Strategies, to conduct an evaluation at the end of the first six months of implementation.This evaluation is expected to be completed sometime in spring/summer 2017 and will help inform any needed adjustments to the system. 

Funding Awards

Homeless Housing Program (HHP) Funding Awards

In 2016, Pierce County Community Connections released a NOFA for the Homeless Housing Program (HHP).

Funding sources include the Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG), State House Bill (SHB) 2163, Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Listed below are the total funding awards by agency and housing type.
These funds are available for use between January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

Learn more about our Continuum of Care (CoC) funding awards.

Homeless Provider Academy

Homeless Provider Academy

The Homeless Provider Academy is Now in Session!

Come one; come all to the Homeless Provider Academy hosted by Pierce County Community Connections in collaboration with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)! 

The Homeless Provider Academy will feature essential topics that build on and expand provider capacity to meet the goal of making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.

The Homeless Provider Academy launched it’s kick-off video and will conclude in 2017. The curriculum will consist of web-based learning and learning opportunities that are tailored specifically for managers and staff. Registration is open and can be found at:

Pierce County Homeless Provider Academy Registration Link

FRIENDLY REMINDER: If you have new staff, if you haven't already, please sign them up for Provider Academy!

Data on Homelessness

HUD Exchange

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Released Updated Data on Homelessness

The release of the 2015 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) Part 2 reinforces the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Federal partners’ continued commitment to providing policy-makers and practitioners with information needed to help prevent and end homelessness. It also demonstrates the commitment to continuously improve the data we collect and report on ending homelessness.

Using data from local Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), the 2015 AHAR Part 2 provides the latest information on people experiencing homelessness nationwide during a one-year period. Since HUD began tracking this information in 2007, 104,000 fewer people experienced sheltered homelessness, a 6.5 percent decline. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, the number of people experiencing homelessness declined by 0.3 percent, with a greater decline – 2.9 percent – among people in families with children.

Learn more about HUD releasing updated data on homelessness 



Community Kick-Off

December 5, 2016

On the evening of December 5, there will be acommunity conversation about racism. Participants will include Jeff Olivet and Marc Dones from the C4 as well as several local speakers.

Invitations for this event will be sent out within the coming weeks.
Point in time Count

2017 Point-In-Time Count 

January 27, 2017

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Count provides the homeless assistance community with the data needed to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless at one point in time.

The official date for Pierce County's Point-In-Time Count is January 27, 2016.

Learn more about Pierce County's Point-In-Time Count 

Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

2017 National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness

February 23 to 24, 2017

Early registration for the 2017 National Conference on Ending Homelessness is now available. The Conference will take place at the Marriott Marquis Houston from February 23 to 24, 2017. 

Learn more about the 2017 National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness

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