Overview

The LA BOSCOC collects, assesses, and publishes data every year about homelessness in its geography

It also contributes to statewide data on homelessness collected by the Louisiana Services Network Data Consortium.

 

Geography

The Louisiana Balance of State Continuum of Care proudly serves all people experiencing homelessness in the following parishes:

Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana

Baton Rouge Region

Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis

Lake Charles Region

Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, Terrebonne

Houma Region

Natchitoches, Sabine

Natchitoches/ Sabine Region

Plaquemines, St. Bernard

Plaquemines/ St. Bernard Region

Funding Year 2018 Homelessness Data

Every year in January, the LA BOSCOC conducts a Point in Time (PIT) Count. Part census and part outreach event, the PIT Count is both an opportunity to connect outreach workers with people experiencing literal homelessness and to count how many people are experiencing homelessness, and in what ways, in the LA BOSCOC. 

Every year, HUD issues a document summarizing the LA BOSCOC's score in the Continuum of Care Program Competition. It highlights certain high priority questions that reflect HUD's perspective on the LA BOSCOC's overall health and success.

 Funding Year 2018 Point in Time Count

Overview

Every year in January, the LA BOSCOC conducts a Point in Time (PIT) Count. Part census and part outreach event, the PIT Count is both an opportunity to connect outreach workers with people experiencing literal homelessness and to count how many people are experiencing homelessness on a single night in the LA BOSCOC.

The LA BOSCOC conducted its FY 2018 PIT Count throughout the week of January 21, 2019.

The PIT Count covers all five of the LA BOSCOC’s Regions to the extent possible given the local population, geography, and CoC membership.

Beginning in January 2018, the LA BOSCOC has published a data visualization of its PIT Count outcomes. The January 2019 version of the data visualization (which includes comparable data back to January 2018) can be found below.

The PIT Count is intended to be the beginning of conversations about homelessness, not the final word. It is limited by time (it represents only one night in January), by outreach capacity, and by the willingness and capacity of each person experiencing homelessness to accurately and completely respond to the PIT Count outreach workers.

For additional information, clarification, and context, please contact Gordon Levine, Continuum of Care Manager, at glevine@lhc.la.gov or 225-242-1388.

January 2019 PIT Count Data

Funding Year 2018 CoC Program Competition Debriefing

Overview

During the FY18 CoC Program Competition, the LA BOSCOC scored 177.75 out of 200 total points.

The median score for all CoCs was 160. 

The weighted average score for all CoCs was 166.75. (This is the average CoC score weighted by Annual Renewal Demand [ARD]. CoCs that scored higher than the weighted average were more likely to gain funding relative to their ARD, also known as the total dollar amount of their renewal projects; CoCs that scored lower were more likely to lose funding relative to their ARD.)

The debriefing highlighted fourteen "high priority" CoC Application questions. The LA BOSCOC scored perfectly or near-perfectly on twelve out of fourteen questions. Of the remaining questions (exits to permanent housing and returns to homelessness), the LA BOSCOC scored 10.5/11 and 6/8 respectively.

FY18 is the first year in which the LA BOSCOC scored among the highest-scoring CoCs in the nation and the second consecutive year in which the LA BOSCOC's score is higher than the weighted average score.

Performance over time

The LA BOSCOC was founded in Funding Year 2015 (FY15). Since FY15, the average and median scores across all CoCs have remained steady, while the LA BOSCOC's score has risen significantly.

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Outcomes

Under the FY18 CoC Program Competition, the LA BOSCOC applied for and received:

  • $16,786,308 in renewal funding for existing projects

  • $1,093,851 in new project funding

The LA BOSCOC received all renewal funding request, all new project funding requested through the Permanent Housing Bonus, and a significant portion of the new project funding requested through the DV Bonus.

Funding Year 2017 Homelessness Data

Every year in January, the LA BOSCOC conducts a Point in Time (PIT) Count. Part census and part outreach event, the PIT Count is both an opportunity to connect outreach workers with people experiencing literal homelessness and to count how many people are experiencing homelessness, and in what ways, in the LA BOSCOC. 

Every year, HUD issues a document summarizing the LA BOSCOC's score in the Continuum of Care Program Competition. It highlights certain high priority questions that reflect HUD's perspective on the LA BOSCOC's overall health and success.

Funding Year 2017 CoC Program Competition Debriefing

Overview

During the FY17 CoC Program Competition, the LA BOSCOC scored 161 out of 200 total points.

The median score for all CoCs was 147.5. 

The weighted average score for all CoCs was 159.75. (This is the average CoC score weighted by Annual Renewal Demand [ARD]. CoCs that scored higher than the weighted average were more likely to gain funding relative to their ARD, also known as the total dollar amount of their renewal projects; CoCs that scored lower were more likely to lose funding relative to their ARD.)

The debriefing highlighted fourteen "high priority" CoC Application questions. The LA BOSCOC scored perfectly or near-perfectly (within 1 point of maximum) on eleven out of fourteen questions. Of the remaining three questions, two were related to rapid re-housing projects, which were not funded in the LA BOSCOC through either the CoC Program or ESG until FY17.

FY17 is the first year in which the LA BOSCOC's score is higher than the weighted average score.

Performance over time

The LA BOSCOC was founded in Funding Year 2015 (FY15). Since FY15, the average and median scores across all CoCs have remained steady, while the LA BOSCOC's score has risen significantly.

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Outcomes

Under the FY17 CoC Program Competition, the LA BOSCOC applied for:

  • $14,407,749 in renewal funding for existing projects
  • $135,636 in renewal funding for new projects (i.e. funds that were reallocated)
  • $852,563 in new funding for new projects
  • $15,061,948 in total project funding

The LA BOSCOC received all renewal funding it requested for both existing and new projects, all new funding it requested, and small increases in funding for all rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing projects to cover increases in fair market rent values.

 Coordinated Entry Data

Overview

As part of its commitment to ensuring that all people experiencing homelessness receive housing and services as quickly and responsively as possible, the LA BOSCOC tracks various data about the Coordinated Entry System.

This data is not intended to provide a snapshot of homelessness in any given Region or at any given time. Rather, it is intended to provide a “long view” of how people experiencing homelessness move from literal homelessness to housing.

Data Cautions

The LA BOSCOC has issued the following cautions regarding its data. All data in this section should be considered with these cautions in mind.

  • The LA BOSCOC significantly revised its Coordinated Entry System beginning April 1, 2019. The LA BOSCOC did not begin producing weekly assessment data until June 2019.

  • Lake Charles: the LA BOSCOC was not able to produce some data for Lake Charles until the week of June 17, 2019.

  • Natchitoches/Sabine: most data for this Region is not yet published due to its small sample size; expect to see more data moving into the latter half of 2019.

  • Plaquemines/St. Bernard: most data for this Region is not yet published due to its small sample size; expect to see more data moving into the latter half of 2019.

Data Availability

The LA BOSCOC currently publishes the following data (updated on a weekly basis):

  • Prioritization List: the number of households currently prioritized to receive housing;

    • By week;

    • By Region, including “any Region”, and for the CoC as a whole;

  • Pre-Prioritization: the number of households experiencing literal homelessness or fleeing domestic violence;

    • By week;

    • By Region and for the CoC as a whole;

    • By Coordinated Entry Access Point, including the number and percentage of households who should be added to the Prioritization List but are waiting for either:

      • Intervention case management; or,

      • Triage with the VI-SPDAT.

Click here to view the LA BOSCOC’s weekly Coordinated Entry System data.

The LA BOSCOC has also published the following additional data:

  • Bed Utilization: comparing the bed utilization rates for CoC Program housing projects before Coordinated Entry was mandatory (January 2018) and after the LA BOSCOC released Coordinated Entry v2.0 (April 2019). Click here to view the LA BOSCOC’s Bed Utilization comparison.

  • Diversion: comparing the percentage of households who are returned to housing (on their own or with friends/family) without a public subsidy before diversion case management was mandatory (March 2019 and earlier) and after (beginning April 2019). Click here to view the LA BOSCOC’s Diversion outcomes.

    • Note: this data should not be used for analysis until more data points have been gathered; currently, this data is for informational purposes only.

  • Point of Origin: This visualization presents data on persons who have interacted with the LA BOSCOC Coordinated Entry System at any point. It includes participants who are early in the diversion process as well as those who are on the priority list. During their initial assessment, participants are asked where their homelessness began, and this graph visualizes that data across the LA BOSCOC’s regions. All data is self-reported.