Assessing Homelessness

In order to connect folks to the services they need – we need to know who they are, what is going on and what they want. I have been thinking about vulnerability . There are 4 basic catagories of vulnerability.

Meeting someone and getting to know them and can be a multistep process. The assessment should be too. Here is what I have been thinking, and this will change as I go… feedback is welcomed.

vul·ner·a·bil·i·tynoun 

  • the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. 
  • Physical Vulnerability. … 
  • Will this person’s body collapse if left on the street? 
  • What chronic health issues 
  • Can life be extended and improved if this is addressed? 
  • Will being housed have a real effect on this concern? 
  • Is this issue, as it is, taking energy and resources, making ending homelessness harder? 
  • What critical health issues 
  • Can life be extended and improved if this is addressed? 
  • Will being housed have a real effect on this concern? 
  • Is this issue, as it is, taking energy and resources, making ending homelessness harder? 
  • Economic Vulnerability. … 
  • Does the person have a stream of income? 
  • Earned: Job, retirement 
  • Unearned: SSDI, SSI 
  • Temporary : GR, state disability, unemployment 
  • Does the person have access to other sources of funds? 
  • Bank accounts 
  • Loans from family or friends 
  • Pawnable – sellable items 
  • Unclaimed money search via state controller 
  • Does this person understand that money is a tool? 
  • Will they be able to understand a budget? 
  • Can they use a budget? 
  • Measure 1 = assessor’s impression 
  • Measure 2 = 2 months in, has a budget been written and adhered to? 
  • Are they in control of their money or will someone take it? 
  • Can they manage a bank account? 
  • Month 3, set up checking account for PT 
  • Monthly bank statement reviews which can be compared to the budget 
  • Social Vulnerability (the degree to which a person’s overall social situation leaves them susceptible to homelessness) 
  • History of homelessness 
  • Newly Homeless – Has been homeless less than 3 months and has experienced no other episodes of homelessness within the last 5 years. May be new to the area (e.g., moved here looking for work or only here for the season) 
  • Moderately Homeless – Has been homeless for 3 to 6 months in the past 12 months. OR Has experienced 2 episodes of homelessness in the past 12 months. OR Has experienced less than 1 month of homelessness out of the past 12 months, but has experienced other episodes of homelessness in the past 5 years. Few prospects for housing at present. May have no options for housing due to history; ability to participate in process, etc. May be living in transitional housing; couch-surfing or living in overcrowded/’doubled up’ conditions in someone else’s home; living day-today or week-to-week in motels or hostels; or living in another type of provisional accommodation. 
  • Chronically Homeless and Episodic Homeless – Is experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness: ƒ Chronic homelessness. Has been homeless for 6 months or more in the past year (i.e., has spent more than 180 cumulative nights in a shelter or place not fit for human habitation). ƒ Episodic homelessness. Has experienced three or more episodes of homelessness in the past year (episodes are defined as periods when a person would be in a shelter or place not fit for human habitation, and after at least 30 days would be back in the shelter or place not fit for human habitation). These definitions also include individuals exiting institutions (e.g., child welfare system, mental health facilities, hospitals, and correctional institutions) who have a history of chronic and episodic homelessness and cannot identify a fixed address upon their release. 
  • Ability to navigate the neighborhood- 
  • Grocery shopping 
  • Budget 
  • Measure 1 = refer to the monthly budget 
  • Make meal plans 
  • Medical appointments 
  • Can they make appts 
  • Measure =  
  • Understand the medical professionals 
  • Capable of following up on instructions 
  • Can care for medical equipment 
  • Hygiene —————————————– poor score = Life Skills referral, MH, 
  • Do they bathe 
  • Brush teeth 
  • Present well as dressed 
  • Attitudinal Vulnerability 
  • Does PT express belief that change can happen? 
  • Measure = Are they here of their own volition or because they are being told to come? 
  • How motivated 1-10 are they indicating they are 
  • To end homelessness 
  • To solidify sobriety 
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  • Does Pt express that they deserve housing, health and stability? 
  • Does Pt have family and friends for emotional support 
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