The goal of a gaps analysis or a needs assessment is to help the region update its understanding of needs for those experiencing homelessness. These studies identify 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 was gathered through a variety of strategies:
- A survey of homeless housing and service providers
- Focus groups of those with lived experience
- Meetings with providers
- Meeting with stakeholders, such as law enforcement and hospitals focused on discharge planning
- Key informant interviews
- Review of data from other sources, such as previous Gaps Analysis, Evaluations, Homeless Census and Surveys, Point-in Time Counts and Housing Inventory Counts, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data, other data and information sources