HOMELESS CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

The Partnership Center released an updated Homeless Certification process in VESTA in February, 2010.

 Homeless Certification process rules and changes:

  • Outreach Projects
    • Outreach homeless certification is valid from intake/client contact for 90 days or until the client is exited from the project, whichever is sooner
    • Outreach workers may extend a certification, in increments of 90 days, when they engage with the client and know that client is still homeless
    • PATH will manually certify clients, all other Outreach projects will auto-certify a client when they intake the client into VESTA
  • Emergency Shelter Projects
    • VESTA issues homeless certification of a client upon intake to the project and certification is valid from intake to exit.
  • High Volume Emergency Shelter
    • A client is certified homeless from their first bed-night date until the date after their last bed-night. For example, certification ends when a client is no longer staying at the DIC–Men’s Dorm
  • Transitional Housing
    • A client is certified homeless upon intake if there is a current homeless certification from either an Outreach or ES project and is valid from intake to exit
    • You have a 14 day window of eligibility after the day a client exits an Outreach or ES project, during which the homeless certificate is still considered current
      • If the client has an intake 15 days or more after exiting the Outreach or ES project, that client will not be certified homeless based on the prior certificate, and therefore may be ineligible for HUD funding
      • TH projects lose the option to say “VESTA-certified homeless at initial contact”
    • You have the option of certifying clients if they are:  being evicted (court ordered) within a week; coming out of an institution after less than a 90 day stay and were homeless prior to institutionalization; are fleeing domestic violence
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
    • A client is certified homeless upon intake if there is a current homeless certification from either an Outreach, ES, or TH project and is valid from intake to exit
    • You have a 14 day window after the day a client exits an Outreach, ES, or TH project, during which the homeless certificate is still considered current
      • If the client has an intake 15 days or more after exiting the Outreach, ES, or TH project, that client will not be certified homeless based on the prior certificate, and therefore may be ineligible for HUD funding
      • The only clients eligible for PH projects come from Outreach, ES, or TH projects