Information for those who are partnering with the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.
Lexington-Fayette County Continuum of Care
OHPI is the collaborative applicant and lead organization for the city’s Continuum of Care. The CoC refers to OHPI’s entire network of providers and this role specifically applies to federal homeless funds awarded each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Lexington CoC is the planning body in our community that coordinates the policies, strategies and activities to prevent and reduce homelessness.
In order to seek funding and vote on matters put before the CoC, individuals and organizations must become members. Membership is free and highly encouraged for any organization working in the field of homelessness.
Additionally, OHPI coordinates an annual application process for organizations seeking federal CoC homelessness funding through HUD. Documents associated with that process, including the community’s most recent application are available.
Permanent housing for the homeless
(OneDoor Lexington coordinated entry)
Coordinated entry is the process by which all people experiencing homelessness in Lexington are assessed and prioritized for access to housing resources. Their access is based on the length of time homeless, chronic homelessness status and acuity score on a common assessment screening tool.
Any organization may participate as a OneDoor Lexington entry point by having trained staff who can administer the common assessment, enter data in the Homeless Management Information System data base and refer people to a coordinated entry prioritization list.
Housing providers and other organizations meet regularly to review this list and enroll people into housing programs based on approved prioritization standards.
Annual Homeless Assessment Report
The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a HUD report to the U.S. Congress that provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period.
Every year, Lexington conducts a LexCount to best monitor the homeless situation in Fayette County. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires such a count to take place within the last 10 days of January every year.
Results of the LexCount demonstrate the need for resources for housing and services for homeless persons in each community. The LexCount also helps determine how much federal funding will be awarded from HUD for homeless programs. In addition, the LexCount helps assess progress under Kentucky's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and provide important information for updating the plan.
Lexington Homeless System Performance Measures
A critical aspect of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended, is a focus on viewing the local homeless response as a coordinated system of homeless assistance options as opposed to homeless assistance programs and funding sources that operate independently in a community. To facilitate this perspective the Act now requires communities to measure their performance as a coordinated system, in addition to analyzing performance by specific projects or project types.
The Act has established a set of selection criteria for HUD to use in awarding CoC funding in section 427 that require CoCs to report to HUD their system-level performance. The intent of these selection criteria are to encourage CoCs, in coordination with ESG Program recipients and all other homeless assistance stakeholders in the community, to regularly measure their progress in meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness in their community and to report this progress to HUD.
CoCs also play an integral role in Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) jurisdictions’ planning process. They are required to provide the jurisdiction with the information necessary to complete the Con Plan(s) for homeless assistance provided to persons within the CoC’s geographic area that falls within the Con Plan jurisdiction’s geographic area, including data on performance measures. HUD will use the system-level performance information as a competitive element in its annual CoC Program Competition and to gauge the state of the homeless response system nationally.