Toolkits | October 3, 2011

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These assessment tools can be used at the front door to help communities determine the best programmatic fit for each household. Before using these tools, communities should develop a screening process that gives them some idea of what kind of intervention, and what intensity of services, a household may need. These questions may include:

  • What brought you here today?
  • Do you have somewhere to sleep tonight?
  • What kinds of services do you think you need?
  • Prevention/Diversion Assessment Tool
    This assessment tool, based off of Minneapolis/Hennepin County, MN and Columbus, OH’s assessment forms, will be of use to communities attempting to determine if a household needs prevention or diversion assistance. This should be administered as soon as a family enters the intake center to determine if they will need shelter or other provisional help or if they can be assisted without having to enter the homeless assistance system.

    Rapid Re-Housing Triage Tool
    This tool may be helpful for the purposes of determining what services a rapid re-housing eligible household is in need of. Communities would ideally use this tool only after prevention or diversion had been ruled out as options for a household and before or very shortly after admitting them to a shelter program if they have no place else to stay.

    Have tools to add?
    If your community has a coordinated entry process and would like to contribute materials to this toolkit (e.g., assessment forms, policy and procedure documents, etc.), please send them to Kim Walker, Capacity Building Associate.