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New Assesment Tool Aims To Match Homeless Needs To Services

The Indiana Housing and Community and Development Authority is launching a new tool that aims to better match homeless people with the services they need.

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Many homeless individuals cannot find the support they need. The new assessment aims to help match those in need with the services more specific to the problems they face.

Indiana is using federal funding to create the Centralized Assessment and Access tool as part of a larger project that seeks to better meet the needs of the state’s homeless population.

Details have not been released, but the program will evaluate the needs of individuals and families and then determine what resources are available.

“The real concept of that is to take the luck out of what kind of housing services people receive and kind of really create a triage so the family that presents themselves will have an assessment and then get triage for the most appropriate program,” says Rodney Stockment, the Permanent Supportive Housing and Data Analyst at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Stockment says one of the biggest challenges in decreasing the number of homeless individuals and families is that there’s often conflict between those in need and the services that could help them.

“We get away from some of that conflict by being smarter about the intervention that we do,” he says. “Before I worked for the state I was the executive director of the ECHO Housing Corporation in Evansville, a homeless housing provider and we didn’t have that sort of triage system in place so whoever shows up, you serve whether or not you even have the appropriate services.”

The state is creating the framework for the assessment. Local Indiana communities and regions will then be able to implement the framework this fall.

Emily Wright

Emily, an Indianapolis native, joined WFIU/WTIU in 2013 as Producer of Noon Edition. She studied Telecommunications and Liberal Arts Management at Indiana University.

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