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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Ending Chronic Homelessness: Evaluation

The Public Policy Center will serve as the program evaluator for a three-year project aiming to end chronic homelessness in Lincoln, NE. Through a collaboration of Region V Behavioral Health Systems, CenterPointe, and the Mental Health Association, the project will provide housing, behavioral health treatment, and peer and employment supports to persons experiencing chronic homelessness and serious behavioral health disorders. The goal will be to assist individuals in maximizing stability through peer supports, employment, and treatment. The project employs Permanent Supportive Housing, an evidence-based practice, and will coordinate homeless serving programs through the use of Lincoln’s All Doors Lead Home system. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center on Children, Families and the Law will provide the information technology support as the Homeless Management Information System and the Homeless Coordinated Entry Lead Entity for Lincoln Continuum of Care.

The Public Policy Center will conduct a local evaluation and collaborate with a national program evaluator to support continuous process improvement through collection and analysis of program outcomes. The evaluation will include qualitative and quantitative data analyses, as well as answer questions about the delivery of project services.

This grant was one of only 30 awarded by SAMHSA through the Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals program.

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Pictured from left to right: Nancy Shank, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center; Dennis Hoffman, CenterPointe; Jeff Chambers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center on Children, Families, and the Law; John Turner, Region V Systems

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