Established in the late 1980’s, the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless began its mission to “prevent and eliminate homelessness” head on. ECOH currently operates as the lead agency that allocates the distribution of limited federal and state funding to service providers that are working to decrease homelessness among individuals, families, veterans, and unaccompanied youth. ECOH also hosts a monthly forum of service providers to share concerns and discuss new services.
The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless also oversees the Continuum of Care Plan. The continuum of care model creates a framework for a comprehensive array of shelter and support services to address varying needs of the persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
ECOH uses the Homeless Management Information Center (HMIS). This system provides communities with a tool to collect and analyze data on people using homeless service programs. This allows prevention of duplicated services. By allowing communities to calculate accurately:
- the size and needs of the homeless population
- the demand for and use of housing and services
- the outcomes of various interventions
An HMIS allows a community to determine where things are working well, what is not working, and how to use resources in the most strategic manner.
The Coalition works to eliminate homelessness by supporting individuals who are homeless or at risk, local service providers and other interested individuals and groups through advocacy, education, organizing and networking. Our agency could not operate if it were not for the support of the community and local agencies.