Metro Home BASE (Better Access to Services for Everyone) is a collaborative project between Heartland Family Service, Together Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha and the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH). The goal of the project is to coordinate program participant intake, assessment, and provision of referrals for individuals experiencing a housing crisis in the Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties.
Upon implementation in 2013, Metro Home BASE will become the point of entry for all homeless and near homeless services. This “front door” only access will accomplish the following:
• Establish a centralized entry point for individuals experiencing a housing crisis
• Initially assess the eligibility and needs of each individual or family who seeks homeless assistance or homelessness prevention assistance
• Coordinate participant intake for homeless prevention and emergency shelter
• Ensure that a comprehensive and standardized assessment is completed
• Consolidate the referral linkage process for individuals and families seeking housing services
This central intake system will function in collaboration with all the homeless service providers in our community’s Continuum of Care (CoC). Anywhere a homeless or near homeless person seeks assistance—at a shelter, a food pantry, a soup kitchen or at a social service agency—Metro Home BASE staff will reach out to connect them to immediate, appropriate and available services that will put them on a path to permanent housing.