SOUTHERN REGIONAL PARTNERS
Since 2006, the Southern Regional Project to End Long-Term Homelessness has expanded to a collaboration of twenty counties offering affordable housing and supportive services to people with long histories of homelessness and complex barriers to health, housing and stability. 245 children, adults, and unaccompanied youth received supportive housing through the Southern project in 2017.
Throughout its history, the Southern Project has been a unique collaboration among counties, community partners, government and service agencies. Households in the Project receive supportive services from trained case managers at local service agencies and rental assistance administered by Hearth Connection.
Coordinated Entry Navigation Services (CENS) - beginning 2018
Referrals for housing programs are required to go through the local Coordinated Entry System. Enrolling in a CENS program allows for households experiencing high barriers to have access to support services while waiting for an opening in a local housing program. In addition to support services, CENS gathers third-party eligibility documentation, allowing the Coordinated Entry System to identify the best available option for program participants. Once a housing program is identified, CENS coordinates a warm handoff.