New Referral Process for Colorado Springs Housing: Coordinated Entry
The process for obtaining housing has now changed in Colorado Springs. Referrals are no longer accepted by phone, walk-ins, or e-mails asking to be on a waitlist for a particular program. If a homeless individual is seeking housing assistance, he or she must first complete what is known as a Housing Survey (or VI-SPDAT). Taking the Housing Survey puts the individual into a collective database that all housing agencies have access. The Housing Survey scores the level of vulnerability an individual reports, which is then discussed each week at a Coordinated Entry meeting that all local housing agencies attend. The most vulnerable individuals that meet the criteria for agencies who have vouchers or vacancies in their programs will be notified. Agencies are not at liberty to discuss where the homeless individual stands on the “list”. Taking the Housing Survey does not guarantee housing, but is mandatory for all who seek transitional housing, rapid re-housing or permanent supportive housing.
Below is a tentative list of participating agencies that are able to administer the Housing Survey (VI-SPDAT):
Ascending To Health | Ecumenical Social Ministries | Family Promise | Springs Rescue Mission | CSPD Homeless Outreach Team | Partners in Housing | Pikes Peak United Way | AspenPointe | Greccio Housing | Catholic Charities | Homeward Pikes Peak | The Salvation Army | Colorado Springs Housing Authority | Veterans Administration | Tri-Lakes Cares | Coalition for Compassion and Action | Rocky Mountain Human Services | Urban Peak | Colorado Division of Housing
Please note: Not all agencies have walk-in availability to administer the Housing Survey (VI-SPDAT). Please call ahead to make an appointment to take the Housing Survey with an agency of your convenience. It is important for individuals to become” document-ready” on his/her own time. Document-ready means having a state ID, social security card, and birth certificate to present.
Please do not call the agency where you took your survey to see when you’re getting housing. Again, it is not a waitlist, and we are not at liberty to tell individuals where they are on the list because it varies from week to week. An agency will contact you if you have been flagged for a possible voucher. If you have any questions, please feel free to call any of the aforementioned agencies to learn more.