The goal of the gaps analysis is to help the region update its understanding of homeless need. The gaps analysis identifies key unmet needs in the housing and services system, focusing on overall needs as well as specific sub-population and geographic needs. It also considers the overall functioning of the system as a whole and identifies strategies to improve system-level effectiveness and efficiency.
Information for the gaps analysis was gathered through a variety of strategies:
- A survey of homeless housing and service providers
- Client focus groups
- A meeting of providers
- A meeting with law enforcement and hospitals focused on discharge planning
- Key informant interviews
- Review of documents, including the 2005 Gaps Analysis, 2011 Homeless Census and Survey, 2011-2013 Point-in Time Counts and Housing Inventory Counts, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re- Housing program (HPRP) Evaluation, and other data and information sources