Gulf Coast Partnership, Punta Gorda/Charlotte County (FL-602), Ranks 7th (among best small city CoCs) in Recent National Ranking of Continuums of Care Report

The NHIP has completed a ranking of Homeless Continuums of Care using data from system performance measures submitted in 2017.  The rankings divide CoCs into Higher, Average and Lower Performers with separate rankings for each of the three (3) geographic divisions of Continuums.  The NHIP cautions against reading too much into the ranking since many measures are not comparable due to differences in program allocation and resources in each community.  The goal of the rankings is to provide a general look at CoCs that appear to be high performing and communities in need of improvement.  The NHIP welcomes any comments about improving the rankings.  CLICK HERE to view the rankings and read the report.

HUD has identified selected CoCs as High Performing Communities based on its own criteria.  These listing appears not to be publicly available.  The NHIP feels that the HUD HPC criteria are too stringent considering the quality and gaps present with the data, especially the lack of consistent enumeration of unsheltered individuals and the lumping together of transitional and emergency facility data.  The NHIP also believes that length of stay is less important than HUD emphasizes since there are clinical and placement considerations.  The report shows the performance thresholds utilized for the rankings.  Below is a summary list of the higher performing CoCs for each geographic category.

Best Big City CoCs

1.  New Orleans (LA-503)
2.  Virginia Beach (VA-503)
3.  Boston (MA-500)
4.  Nashville (TN-504)
5.  Miami/Dade County (FL-600)
6.  Sacramento (CA-503)

Best Small City CoCs

1.  Jackson/West Tennessee (TN-507)
2.  Paterson/Passaic, New Jersey (NJ-511)
3.  Wichita Falls, TX (TX-624)
4.  Rockford, IL (IL-501)

Continued from report contents…

5. Glens Falls, NY (NY-523)
6. St. Louis County, MO (MO-501)
7. Punta Gorda/Charlotte County, FL (FL-602)

Best Balance of State CoCs

1. Ohio Balance of State (OH-507)
2.  North Carolina Balance of State (NC-503)

Rankings are provided for 364 CoCs with 30 CoCs unable to be ranked due to missing data on one or more performance measures. The NHIP also emphasizes that even the best run Continuums may have little impact on the new flow of persons into homelessness which is caused by macro-social and economic trends including continued increase in the formation of single adult households.  Increasing or decreasing total homeless numbers does not necessarily reflect service quality.

Have a Nice Day –
The NHIP

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