NOTICE: The Idaho Homelessness Coordinating Committee (IHCC) has been restructured under a new name: the House Idaho Collaborative (HIC). In addition to a new name, a new governing structure and new committees have been implemented.
The House Idaho Collaborative (HIC) is comprised of homelessness service providers, resource administrators, housing providers, state of Idaho leaders and other stakeholders whose mission is to combat homelessness. HIC is instrumental in the development and implementation of comprehensive statewide strategies to reduce, and ultimately end, homelessness. This response network includes emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, and prevention strategies to address the various needs of people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
HIC’s jurisdiction includes regions one through six. HIC is supported by multiple committees and regional housing and homelessness coalitions. Committee input ensures that scarce resources devoted to alleviating homelessness are maximized in communities throughout Idaho.
Region 7 is governed by the Boise City/Ada County Continuum of Care. Go to Our Path Home for details.
General membership of HIC includes: nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, local government officials, private businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities/colleges, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, veterans’ service organizations, US Congress representatives, HUD representatives, United Way representatives, and state representatives.
The House Idaho Collaborative (HIC), formerly IHCC, has a standing open invitation for new member participation.
- Interested in becoming a member? Visit the HIC Membership page.
Idaho Housing and Finance Association is designated by HIC to serve as the Administrative Agency for the CoC. The Administrative Agency is responsible for coordination, communication, recordkeeping, annual reporting, completion and submittal of the annual CoC program application, general program administration and oversight, monitoring, and other duties as assigned. Idaho Housing is the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead for regions 1-6.
National Perspective on Homelessness
In response to an increase in homeless issues nationally, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants funding to nonprofit and governmental bodies across the United States to combat homelessness. Idaho Housing and Finance Association is the recipient of the majority of federal homelessness assistance funds awarded to Idaho and is responsible for the grant administration and oversight of several predominant programs. Homelessness assistance funds are used to support a comprehensive and coordinated crisis response system that includes homelessness prevention, emergency shelters, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing.
A Home for Everyone - 100 new housing units
Supportive housing units must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Placement (unit): A dwelling must be safe, decent and sanitary with a private, suitably sized living space.
- Dedicated: The placement (unit) is dedicated to remain in inventory for an extended period of time.
- Supportive Services: Supportive services associated with the placement (unit) should considered at a level appropriate for the population being served.
- Household eligibility: Eligible households will be selected through the Coordinated Entry system. Projects may narrow eligibility to specify a population such as DV, disabled youth, elderly, at-risk of homelessness, etc. In all cases, projects should comply with all requirements of the Federal Fair Housing Act.
View and download the Playbook Regional Coalitions are using to accomplish the 100 unit goal here.
Newsletters and Announcements
This newsletter provides updates, shares information, and engages partners in the ongoing efforts to end homelessness in Idaho. To suggest or contribute content for next quarter, please email Heidi with “NEWSLETTER” in the subject line.
Want to be added to the distribution list? Let us know
Grant and Training Announcements
Training and Grants Announcements are a compilation of relevant funding and training opportunities that may benefit your organization. Also included in this communication are any relevant resource updates. To suggest or contribute content email Jordan Downey
Want to be added to the distribution list? Let us know
Resource Sessions & Videos
Access Points and Regional Providers
- provide ease of access to resources
- ensure housing volume and type is proportionate to the population
- increase system uniformity
- build partnerships among various resources/programs
- reduce first time homelessness and returns to homelessness
Together we are creating a front door to Idaho’s many providers working to end homelessness for single adults, youth and families.
Click here to see a full list of homelessness services providers throughout the state.
HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES
To ensure anyone experiencing a housing crisis has fair and equal access to housing and services, an individual or family at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness begins the process of accessing these services at a centralized location in each region serving as an Access Point.
The Governance Charter is the official guiding document for all polices and procedures of the House Idaho Collaborative.
HIC has developed policies and procedures, referred to as Written Standards to provide guidance to local providers on the administration of ESG and CoC-funded assistance. They are also intended to ensure that persons experiencing homelessness who enter programs throughout the CoC will be given similar information and support to access and maintain permanent housing. The policies and procedures are not intended to be in lieu of or in place of program regulations, but are intended to establish and clarify local decisions regarding program administration. All HUD funded providers must follow the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 in its entirety, as well as HIC’s Written Standards.
Data Collection and Reporting
For more information go to: HMIS
Community Management Information System (CMIS)
The Community Management Information System (CMIS) provides valid and reliable data that can inform HIC’s response to victims of domestic violence. Due to privacy and security concerns for victims of domestic violence, victim service agencies are prohibited by VAWA from participating in the HMIS. However, the HMIS funding sources still require comparable data collection and reporting capabilities.
Since HIC is required to utilize the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a Community Management Information System (CMIS) has been established to support victim service providers’ compliance with funding reporting requirements.