Response to the Survey From —
Richmond, Contra Costa County CoC
HUD provides two lists of California Continuum of Care (CoC) key contacts: one for Northern California and one for Southern California.
You can find these lists at https://www.hud.gov/states/california/homeless/continuumcare.
- Enter the CoC number for which you are completing the survey.
- Enter the CoC name for which you are completing the survey.
Richmond, Contra Costa County CoC
- Enter the organization within the CoC that you represent.
Contra Costa Health Services: Health, Housing and Homeless Services Division
- What type of organization do you represent?.
Emergency Shelter, Permanent Supportive Housing, Outreach Teams, Transitional Housing for Transition Aged Youth, Respite Shelter, Homeless Court
To provide data to inform planning efforts.
(For example, did you increase the number of volunteers, or find additional funding?)
Increased volunteers, increased political support, reallocated resources to do the count annually.
By the time the process is finished for one PIT count, including writing the PIT report, it's almost time to start planning for the next one if they're happening annually. Doing an annual PIT requires an investment of staff time, a reallocation of resources and re-ordering of priorities.
Annual unsheltered PIT counts help inform services and understanding of trends and changes in demographics. One outcome is greater confidence in our data. The more frequent data collection allows us to see trends and respond more quickly than we would with an every-other year unsheltered count.
This is difficult to measure because most costs are in-kind. In addition to costs for transit passes and printed materials, our biggest cost was hours spent by our CoC Coordinator, CORE outreach teams, HMIS lead and her team. In addition, we utilized approximately 350 volunteer and other staff hours.
We put out a call for volunteers to a list of approximately 1000 people on our CoC mailing list. We also do a call for volunteers through the Multi-Faith Action Coalition, a municipal Fire Department and non-homeless service County employees. In addition, we have press releases, social media posts, and notices that go out in County Supervisor and other community newsletters.
We haven't seen substantial changes in our overall PIT counts but we have seen geographic shifts. In addition, we have been making a very concerted effort over the last 2 years to eliminate veteran and chronic homelessness through the Built For Zero campaign. This effort has resulted in a 27% decrease in veteran homelessness between 2016-2017.
Yes, we have reallocated projects that ranked low in our CoC's prioritization process Two projects have been reallocated in the last 3 years. The funds were reallocated to Coordinated Entry project and Permanent Supportive Housing.
Housing gap analysis—First planned for 2018
Funding gap analysis—Annually
Service gap analysis—Annually
Other (please specify)—
Housing gap analysis
Funding gap analysis
Service gap analysis
Other (as you identified in question 27)
Coordination with Consortium of county and city entitlement jurisdictions to leverage ESG and CDBG funding as applicable. Technical assistance phone calls to programs regarding pursuit of other federal or private funding sources.
Every 5 years
Having a common framework for how to address homelessness and a shared language for all 19 jurisdictions in Contra Costa is very useful!
The CoC partners with the CoC lead agency, Health Housing and Homeless Services, for grantseeking and fundraising.
We have offered municipalities the opportunity to invest in outreach teams that will focus only within their jurisdictional boundaries. The teams are staffed and managed by the County but work closely with police departments in the cities that have invested in teams. This has provided a funding stream for outreach, provided an opportunity for cities to actively engage in addressing homelessness in their communities and laid the groundwork for closer relationships between the local law enforcement and the CoC. We have also dramatically simplified access to services through our Coordinated Entry system. We have also increased transparency and communication with communities through implementation of Coordinated Entry.
Feel free to provide web addresses to any reports or email them as attachments to CoCSurvey@auditor.ca.gov.
For example, if you would like to share additional information regarding homelessness, services, or funding.