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Homelessness in California
State Government and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Need to Strengthen Their Efforts to Address Homelessness

Report Number: 2017-112

Response to the Survey From —
Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Counties CoC


HUD provides two lists of California Continuum of Care (CoC) key contacts: one for Northern California and one for Southern California.
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  1. Enter the CoC number for which you are completing the survey.

  2. Enter the CoC name for which you are completing the survey.

    Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Counties CoC

  3. Enter the organization within the CoC that you represent.

    Glenn County Health and Human Services

  4. What type of organization do you represent?.

  5. How many staff (full-time equivalents) does your organization employ?


  6. Does your organization provide homeless services directly for clients?

    CalWORKS HSP ESG RRH Emergency Shelter-Domestic Violence

  7. Are you a direct recipient on your CoC's HUD application?
  8. Approximately what percentage of the funding your organization administers is from HUD for the CoC program?


  9. If not your organization, is there another organization in your CoC that administers the majority of homeless services funding?

  10. Does your CoC conduct an unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) count annually? (Including those years not required by HUD)
  11. In which year did your CoC begin conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  12. Why did your CoC decide to conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  13. What funding sources do you use to conduct the annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check all that apply.)

  14. How did your CoC facilitate the annual unsheltered PIT count?
    (For example, did you increase the number of volunteers, or find additional funding?)

  15. Did your organization have any challenges in implementing an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  16. How has conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count affected your CoC's operations and/or outcomes? If you have any data or analyses, please share specific metrics.

  17. Why does your CoC not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check * all that apply)


    The counts are so subjective to so many external factors that the numbers are not an accurate reflection of the numbers of homeless; grossy understated!

  18. Please elaborate on the reasons why your CoC does not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count.

    Small rural counties; everyone wears multiple hats; no funding for a CoC Coordinator to orchestrate all of the HUD mandates and requirements; no CoC funding; partner counties do not have general fund or program support funds to contribute to the CoC; some counties site homelessness as a back burner issue, i.e.-not a focus item for that county; lack of significant numbers of homeless; no housing providers outside of the county HHS department which isn't really a housing provider

  19. What would cause your CoC to conduct an unsheltered PIT count in the years not required by HUD?

    Unless there is enough funding to support a mandated count, then it won't happen.

  20. What sources does your organization use to fund the HUD-required PIT count of unsheltered homeless? (Check all that apply)


  21. How much did your CoC's 2017 PIT count cost?

    Approximately $4,500 for staff time, supplies, copies, etc.
  22. How many people did your CoC require to conduct its 2017 PIT count? (Staff, volunteers, and others)


  23. How many of those identified in Question 22 were volunteers?


  24. Does your CoC recruit volunteers for its unsheltered PIT count from organizations outside the homeless services community?

    County departments, Churches School districts Stakeholders Public officials McKinney-Vento liaisons Social Services Behavioral Health Public Health Law Enforcement Office of Education Homeless or Previously homeless Service Providers

  25. Please share your perspective on the reasons your CoC's unsheltered homeless population in 2017 did or did not change from that in its previous unsheltered PIT count.

    Weather Lack of a local priority regarding homelessness Public HHS agencies have higher priorities and they are the most significant providers or stakeholders in small, rural communities; very poor planning; lack of innovation and creativity

  26. Has your CoC reallocated funding in the past?

    We do not receive CoC funding although we have a PPRN

  27. How often does your CoC reevaluate final priority rankings for the HUD CoC Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), based on HUD priorities?

  28. How often does your CoC perform the following gap analyses?

    Housing gap analysis—Annually

    Funding gap analysis—Annually

    Service gap analysis—Annually

    Other (please specify)—

  29. In what year did your CoC perform each of the following for the first time, or leave the row blank if it is not applicable.

    Housing gap analysis

    Funding gap analysis

    Service gap analysis

    Other (as you identified in question 27)

  30. Does your CoC employ specific strategies for identifying alternative funding for programs that are reallocated or do not receive HUD funding?

  31. Does your CoC have a strategic plan that integrates other publicly-funded programs that provide services, housing, and income supports to poor persons whether they are homeless or not (mainstream benefits and services)?

  32. Please provide a web address to your CoC's most recent strategic plan or email it as an attachment to

    I will email it as an attachment

  33. When did your CoC complete its first strategic plan?


  34. How often does your CoC update its strategic plan?

    annually, although we are such a small CoC with very little funding and a significant lack of housing providers, an annual update is almost futile

  35. How has your strategic plan benefited your CoC?

    It has guided our decision making process; however, without funding, very few decisions are made that have the power to increase housing stock, decrease rental rates, providing staffing for outreach and engagement, and increase the number of entities that providing housing services

  36. Why has your CoC not developed a strategic plan?

  37. What grant-seeking or fundraising activities does your CoC engage in?

    Very minimal; no staff to conduct grant research or grant writing, as well as to support CoC admin

  38. Are there any strategies or unique actions your agency takes that have strengthened your CoC?

    Hold regional CoC meetings; joined another CoC for HMI administration

  39. Please provide any information about these strategies or actions.
    Feel free to provide web addresses to any reports or email them as attachments to


  40. If you have any additional perspective or concerns, please provide this information in the space below.
    For example, if you would like to share additional information regarding homelessness, services, or funding.

    When HUD, HUD consultants, HCD or other representatives providing TA, training, webinars, etc., they rarely address the significant barriers and issues that rural communities face. I have often heard about great innovative ideas that have solved problems and have been funded by local foundations, etc. Small, rural California doesn't have foundation funding, lacks staffing capacity, lacks homelessness and housing experience, lacks grant writers and significantly lacks in the ability to fund creative solutions, let alone capital development projects.

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