Homeless Coalition

blood pressure testing booth.jpg Project Homeless Connect, co-sponsored by the Homeless Coalition, is a one-stop opportunity for many services, including blood pressure testing -- October 10, 2013 in Pershing.

The Lincoln Homeless Coalition consists of representatives from organizations which serve homeless and near homelesss clients. Participating agencies include: State, County and City government, nonprofits, banks, housing developers, neighborhood associations, businesses, foundations and homeless/formerly homeless persons. Urban Development Department staff provide facilitation and support.

The Homeless Coalition develops and produces an annual application for homeless funding from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. The application, or Exhibit 1 (1 M PDF), provides a snapshot of homeless services in Lincoln. It includes:

  • a Point-in-Time Count which estimates the number and characteristics of Lincoln's homeless population
  • an inventory of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing
  • an inventory of available housing services
  • strategies and goals to address homelessness in Lincoln.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department recently designed a new Continuum of Care self-assessment process called CoC Check Up. By helping local CoCs determine their current capacity and performance, Check Up will assess how ready the local CoC is to implement the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH). Using Check Up and other HUD resources, the Lincoln CoC has drafted a Plan to guide future capacity and performance improvements.

Lincoln Continuum of Care Meetings are held 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the 4th Friday of each month, at Northbridge Community Center - Cedars, 1533 N. 27th Street. For more infomation, call 402-441-7856 or email: urbandev@lincoln.ne.gov.