Veterans Initiative: The release of Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness, in 2010 established the national goal of preventing and ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. The Fredericksburg Regional CoC has worked alongside other Virginia CoCs in adopting this goal and implementing a local veterans initiative, which culminated in Virginia being the first state to functionally end veterans homelessness. Functionally ending homelessness among veterans does not mean that no veteran will ever again experience homelessness, but that there is a system in place to prevent homelessness whenever possible and rehouse veterans that do experience homelessness as quickly as possible. Local partners continue to collaborate through the Veterans Working Group, which exchanges updates multiple times per week and meets twice per month to case conference individuals on the by-name list of veterans experiencing homelessness in our community.
FredFUSE: FUSE, which stands for Frequent Users Systems Engagement, is a model developed by Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to identify frequent users of jails, hospitals, and the homeless services system; offer those frequent users supportive housing; and then track the effect of housing stabilization on usage of institutions. The Fredericksburg Regional CoC is currently piloting a local FUSE project, to house 8 frequent users and evaluate success of the program. This pilot kicked-off with a strategic planning process from December 2015 to August 2016. We expect to house participants in the fall and winter of 2016 and track program results for two years.