Housing and Supportive Services Network (HSSN)
The Housing and Supportive Services Network (HSSN) was developed to plan and implement a Continuum of Care for individuals and families who are homeless or may have special needs. The Network ensures that a Continuum of Care provides integrated and coordinated access to a range of affordable housing and services designed to prevent homelessness and help families and individuals experiencing homelessness to achieve their maximum level of independence and self-sufficiency.
In 2013, the HSSN engaged community stakeholders in an intensive and detailed look at how policies, processes, partnerships and programming connects people with disabilities to housing, services and health care opportunities. Washington County performed a planning project funded by the Oregon Health Authority under the Real Choice Building Sustainable Partnerships for Housing (BSPH) initiative, a national effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in support of the Olmstead Decision and the Melville Act. Outcomes of the Real Choice project are outlined in the Washington County BSPH Report on Outcomes and Recommendations released on September 11, 2013.
CoC Program Administrative Plan:
- Housing and Supportive Services Network (HSSN) Mission and Organization
- HSSN Relationship with Community Partners
- CoC and HMIS Governance Charter
- CoC Program Administration and Monitoring
- "Community Connect" Coordinated and Centralized Assessment System
HSSN Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Please see the HSSN Meetings Agendas and Minutes list for dates of upcoming meetings and agendas and minutes from past meetings.
HSSN Strategic Planning and Discharge Workgroup (the CoC Board)
Role: The Workgroup is comprised of public and private representatives of the homeless subpopulations that exist within the CoC geographic region, a formerly homeless consumer representative, and the Emergency Solutions Grant recipient agency. The Workgroup is the jurisdictional CoC Administrative Board, as established by the HSSN Mission and Governance Policy.
Responsibilities: Perform CoC strategic planning, coordinate with and/or assist in State and local discharge planning, review performance outcomes of HMIS and HUD-funded programs, develop housing and service systems alignment, make funding decisions, and approve the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance grant application to HUD.
Please see HSSN Workgroup Meeting Agendas and Minutes for past and future meeting information.
With the Department of Housing Services playing an active role, Washington County's Housing and Supportive Services Network has established itself as a vital planning, coordinating and resource development body for homeless services in the county. The groups is largely composed of representatives of non-profit organizations, direct service providers, and public agencies who share a commitment to developing a continuum of opportunities for the homeless. The HSSN has been instrumental in streamlining the referral process by providing a forum for Washington County agencies and non-profit organizations to share information, refer clients to each other, and collaborate on federal applications to bring resources to the county.
The following organizations currently participate in the HSSN:
Bridges to Change | Homeless to Work Program
Family Bridge | Interfaith Hospitality Network
Soldiers to Veterans