COORDINATED ENTRY ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE
Uintah Basin Association of Governments uses the Coordinated Entry Vulnerable Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT). This tool consists of a number of questions that are asked of each individual/family who applies for housing and homeless services from UBAOG. The questions are designed to prioritize clients on different life situation factors such as: self-care and daily living skills, social relationships and networks, meaningful daily activity, personal administration and money management, managing tenancy, physical health and wellness, mental health and wellness and cognitive functioning, medication, interaction with emergency services, involvement in high risk and/or exploitive situations, substance use, abuse or trauma, risk of personal harm or harm to others, legal, history of homelessness and housing.
Coordinated Entry is the process by which clients are prioritized for services. Coordinated entry starts with prioritizing of the people with the greatest needs. Those with the greatest need have priority for any type of housing and homeless assistance available. The process does not screen people for assistance because of perceived barriers to housing or services such as income or employment, drug or alcohol use, criminal record, a client’s previous area of habitation, being difficult to work with or resistance to treatment or intervention etc…
The tool is located in a secure data base and can only be accessed by UBAOG Community Service staff. All applicants are asked to sign a release of information. Once assessed, clients are then placed on the Housing First master list.
When funds are available, clients with the most barriers and vulnerabilities are chosen from the list. We have a few different rental assistance and homeless programs. Although applicants have been assessed and are on the list, they still have to qualify and be eligible for the particular rental assistance or homeless program that is available.
We strive to give everyone fair and equal access to services. We ensure all people in different populations and subpopulations in the geographic area have access to services no matter what their circumstances.
A Community Needs Assessment is used to establish a profile of a community, noting both needs as well as community resources. Both quantitative and qualitative data is used to assist in identifying needs in the community. You will see that the attached assessment includes qualitative data collected from the many surveys gathered and the public forums conducted, along with quantitative data from data sources such as the census, and many other statistical websites. This is a very comprehensive report that is the first step in conducting a successful strategic plan.
Pantry Application (pdf)
Adult Application (pdf)
Child Application (pdf)
Landlord Statement (pdf)