Diversify the Resources: Leveraging Multiple Funding Streams to Improve Your HMIS Implementation
The strongest HMIS implementations are supported financially by multiple funding streams, including CoC, ESG, HOPWA, CDBG, PATH, RHY, SSBG, CSBG, VA, or other state, local, and private resources. Communities can strengthen the viability of their implementation, improve system performance, and reduce risk by diversifying HMIS funding. Attendees will learn the value of diversified funding through the example of the Southern Nevada CoC, where multiple funding streams have improved HMIS capacity. Matt Olsson, Staff Attorney, HomeBase & Catherine Huang Hara, Senior Management Analyst, Clark County (NV) Social Service “Matt Olsson, Staff Attorney, HomeBase (HUD Technical Assistance Provider): Matt Olsson is a Staff Attorney for HomeBase, a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to the social problem of homelessness and based in San Francisco, CA. Matt provides HUD technical assistance to communities nationwide on CoC requirements; program design, implementation, and operation; program- and system-level evaluation; strategic planning; and, the planning, development, and implementation of coordinated entry systems.
Catherine Huang Hara, Senior Management Analyst, Clark County (NV) Social Service (Government)
Catherine works for Clark County Social Service since 2006 and currently operates as the CoC Lead and statewide HMIS Lead. Catherine serves as a liaison among service providers, local government jurisdictions, and interested community members on regional homeless issues. She participates in local and national initiatives towards ending homelessness in Southern Nevada such as regional planning, street outreach coordination, and coordinated entry development and implementation. Catherine previously worked in Los Angeles County in nonprofit homeless and HIV/AIDS service provision at AIDS Service Center, Tarzana Treatment Centers, and L.A. Family Housing. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from UCSB, a Master of Social Welfare from UCLA, and a Certificate in Public Management from UNLV.”