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What Is Our Community Doing to Solve Homelessness?

On October 1, 2017, the County of Marin and local service providers launched a national best practice for solving homelessness called “Coordinated Entry.” Coordinated Entry is all about collaboration. Today, local service providers gather information through a standardized assessment and data sharing process that helps to ensure efficient care coordination. This is particularly important for identifying effective housing interventions.

“Permanent Supportive Housing” is a national best practice for people experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness (i.e. homelessness lasting more than a year that is accompanied by a disabling condition such as a behavioral health diagnosis, a chronic health condition, and/or a traumatic brain injury). From October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2021, the County of Marin and local service providers housed exactly 400 people in Permanent Supportive Housing. 94% remained housed during this time.

A graph of housing placements by year. In Year 1 there were 68 people placed in housing. In year 2, 108. In year 3, 104. In year 4, 121

Over time, we have worked diligently to increase not only our monthly housing placement rate, but also our supply of Permanent Supportive Housing overall:

Monthly Housing Placements
Month Number Housed
November 2020 14
December 2020 8
January 2021 9
February 2021 2
March 2021 6
April 2021 6
May 2021 8
June 2021 11
July 2021 13
August 2021 16
September 2021 11
October 2021 16

 

Total Permanent Supportive Housing Units by Year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
317 373 501 526 590 629

We have also been working hard to ensure that this system is equitable. Looking at demographics for the people who have obtained Permanent Supportive Housing*:

Race
White 74.86%
Black, African American, or African 18.00%
American Indian, Alaska Native, or Indigenous 3.71%
Asian or Asian American 2.00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.29%
Client doesn't know 0.57%
Client refused 0.57%
Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic/Non-Latino 86.25%
Hispanic/Latino 11.75%
Client doesn't know 0.57%
Client refused 1.43%
Age
18-24 1.14%
25-45 30.00%
46-60 34.57%
61+ 34.29%
Gender
Male 56.57%
Female 42.57%
Gender Non-Conforming 0.29%
Trans Female 0.29%
Client doesn't know 0.29%

*Demographic data is based on the head of household and does not include additional household members, including partners, children, or caregivers. Data is current through 11/1/2021 and will be updated monthly. Data categories are based on Homeless Management Information System data elements, defined by the federal government, and may not fully capture how people self-identify.

How Can Community Members Contribute?

By working together, we believe it is possible to end homelessness in our community. To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit this page.