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The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness – December 2016 Updates

Coordinated Entry System:
The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness’¬†Coordinated Entry System (CES) went live on December 1, 2016.¬† Seven agencies are currently assessing and referring homeless households into the CES to be matched to housing resources funded by the HUD Continuum of Care.

CES agencies:
Housing Assistance Corp, Vinfen, Duffy Health Center, AIDS Support Group, St. Joseph’s House (Catholic Social Services), Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and the Homeless Prevention Council

For more information on the CES, contact the Network’s recently hired CES coordinator, Tracy Longo, at or¬†(508) 375-6945.

2017 Point In Time Count Date
The¬†Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness conducts an annual ‚ÄúPoint in Time‚ÄĚ (PIT) count that counts the number of¬†people experiencing homelessness in emergency shelters, transitional housing, on the street, in cars, abandoned buildings, and in other places not meant for human habitation. Counts are conducted annually in every community¬†and are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The PIT does not count households living in motels nor those that are doubled-up and living with family and friends.¬†The 2017 Annual Point in Time Count will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

For more information on previous PIT counts, visit the Point in Time Count of Cape and Islands Homeless.
For more information on participating in the 2017 Annual Point Time Count, email Regional Network Coordinator, Paula Schnepp at

News from the State House
The Massachusetts’ Trial Court is requesting $1.2 million in the FY18 budget to expand the housing court and will include the Cape & Islands. For more information, visit the Office of the Governor of Massachusetts or the Executive Office for Administration & Finance.

The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness is a broad-based public-private partnership committed to identifying and implementing creative solutions to preventing and ending homelessness on Cape Cod, Martha‚Äôs Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Regional Network is the entity organized to carry out the responsibilities required by the HUD’s local¬†Continuum of Care Program and is composed of representatives of organizations, including nonprofit homeless providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, governments, businesses, advocates, public housing agencies, school districts, social service providers, mental health agencies, hospitals, universities, affordable housing developers, law enforcement, organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless veterans, and homeless and formerly homeless persons to the extent these groups are represented within the geographic area and are available to participate.