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Since 1995, the Pasadena Partnership to End Homelessness has served as the lead agency for the Pasadena Continuum of Care. The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a planning process implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1994. As one of the largest sources of federal funding for programs that address the needs of people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, HUD recognized the need for a more coordinated, collaborative, and community-driven approach to allocating resources to communities. The Continuum of Care process is the process by which communities identify local needs, develop strategies, and submit a single application to HUD for funding for programs designed to meet the needs in the community.

The Pasadena Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives from the community. In its role as the lead agency for the CoC, the Pasadena Partnership promotes integrated, community-wide strategies and plans to prevent and end homelessness; provides coordination among the numerous local organizations and initiatives that serve the homeless population, and manage the CoC’s single, comprehensive grant application to HUD for McKinney-Vento funding which includes Continuum of Care funds and State Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.

Our Mission

The Pasadena Partnership to End Homelessness is dedicated to planning and developing evidence-based strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Pasadena, CA.

Coordinated Entry System Forms

The Coordinated Entry System serves all individuals and families who are literally homeless according to the Category 1 HUD definition of homelessness. Households that are not literally homeless are connected with homeless prevention programs and/or encouraged to reach out to family and friends as well as alternative community resources, such as their places of worship, for assistance.

Assessment Tool

CES utilizes the Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) as the common assessment tool to screen and prioritize single individuals experiencing homelessness. Families receive the family version of the assessment, the F-VI-SPDAT. The assessment takes approximately 10 minutes to administer and can be conducted by any provider who has been introduced to the VI-SPDAT tool through a 30 minute video followed by a Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) training on how to record its results into the LA/OC HMIS.

Housing Status Certification Forms

To help agencies ensure program eligibility and compliance with HUD’s recordkeeping requirements, the Pasadena Partnership has developed Certification checklists that should be accompanied by applicable supporting documentation (such as homeless status, disability, institutional stay or income).  Together, these documents must be maintained in the client’s file.

Documentation of Homeless Status

In order of preference for documenting  homeless status, Pasadena Partnership’s homeless status verification forms include:

*When documenting chronic homelessness, 9 of the 12 months or 3 of the 4 occasions must be documented through one of the first three methods. The remaining time period can be documented through self-declaration.

Documentation of Disability

Evidence of disability may include (in order of preference):

Verification from Social Security Administration
Copy of Disability Check

E.g. Social Security Disability Insurance or Veterans Disability Compensation

Outreach Worker Observation

Confirmed by a Certification of Disability form

Documentation of Institutional Stay

In addition to documenting disability and length/frequency of homeless status, individuals residing in an institution for less than 90 days (including a jail, substance abuse or mental health treatment facility, hospital, or other similar facility) must provide documentation of their stay. Acceptable evidence includes either:

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