Coordinated Entry the highlight of 10-year plan to end homelessness

Bret Anne Serbin

Indigenous Missoulians experience homelessness at rates that exceed their representation in the city’s overall population, according to new research from JG Research and Evaluation.

Unhoused Missoulians are also more likely to be male than female, and the average age range of people without houses stretches from 30 to 60 years old.

Those are all emerging results from an analysis of Missoula’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. The plan reached its conclusion last fall.

Although representatives of the research firm stressed the lack of comprehensive data about the problem in Missoula, they nonetheless identified successes and gaps that were created by implementing the plan.

The greatest success, according to the presenters, was the creation of Missoula’s Coordinated Entry System in 2017. The system allowed for a single entry point into service provision for all Missoulians experiencing houselessness. It helped cut down on competition between service providers, enabled centralized data about the population and increased efficiency all around.

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