Gulf Coast Region, MS

Community Name:
Gulfport/Gulf Coast Regional CoC
Population:
Large (>250,000 people)
Type:
Small City
Functional Zero:
Veteran (Sep 2015)

Overview

The Gulf Coast region of Mississippi was the first community to reach functional zero for veteran homelessness. The community shows it is possible to not only end veteran homelessness, but to protect zero.

The Gulf Coast region of Mississippi has shown it is possible to create a future where veteran homelessness does not have to be inevitable or inescapable, and never a way of life. Their improvements coalesced to increase the speed of housing local veterans who had experienced homelessness: at one point, they had reduced the time it took from identifying a new veteran to placing him or her in housing to just 14 days.

Mary Simons, Executive Director/CEO of Open Doors Homeless Coalition, and Jodie Picciano Swanson, homeless program manager for the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System

Mary Simons, Executive Director/CEO of Open Doors Homeless Coalition, and Jodie Picciano Swanson, homeless program manager for the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System

Key Milestones

January 2015

Joined Built for Zero

Gulf Coast Region joined Built for Zero, a national movement of more than 100 cities and counties committed to measurably ending homelessness.

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September 2015

Achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness

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February 2016

Achieved quality by-name data (Veteran)

Gulf Coast Region built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all veterans experiencing homelessness in the community.

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January 2018

Achieved quality by-name data (Chronic)

Gulf Coast Region built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all single adults experiencing chronic homelessness in the community.

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June 2018

Achieved quality by-name data (All)

Gulf Coast Region built a comprehensive real-time, by-name list of all in the community.

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Homelessness is solvable.

Communities in the Built for Zero movement are proving it.

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