“The Vulnerability Index (VI) is a survey tool used to identify and prioritize the most vulnerable homeless population for housing and services, according to the fragility of their health.
The VI is based on research conducted by Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless organization, led by Dr. Jim O’Connell. Community Solutions is leading the 100,000 Homes Campaign nationwide.
Colorado Counts uses the VI to help communities more effectively target local resources, determine which individuals are in the greatest need of immediate shelter and identify gaps in services.
More than 2,000 individuals have been surveyed in Mesa, Pueblo, Weld, Larimer, Pitkin, Garfield, Eagle, Denver, Arapahoe, Boulder, Adams, Douglas, Broomfield, Jefferson, El Paso, Montrose, Summit, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, Dolores and Archuleta counties since 2010.
In addition to providing a better understanding of the issues contributing to homelessness, Colorado Counts facilitates collaborative triage. Our intent is to connect those identified as most vulnerable to needed services within their communities, as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The VI tool has already been used in five veteran Stand Downs across the State to provide immediate access to housing vouchers. Regional VA medical centers and partners across Colorado recently set the goal to house 150 vulnerable veterans in 100 days in Pueblo, Mesa, El Paso and Denver metro counties.
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