Term Homeless Diversion Programs
Code BH-0500.3100
Definition Programs that help people seeking shelter identify immediate alternate housing arrangements (e.g., a shared housing arrangement, reestablished lease arrangements with a previous landlord, moving in with friends/relatives) and if necessary connect them with services (such as short term case management, conflict mediation and moving in expenses) to help them return to permanent housing. The main difference between diversion and other permanent housing-focused interventions centers on the point at which intervention occurs. Prevention targets people at imminent risk of homelessness, diversion targets people as they are applying for entry into shelter, and rapid re-housing targets people who are already homeless.
Created 7/14/15
Changed 8/3/21
Use References Shelter Diversion Programs
See Also References
External Classification Terms General Assistance for Housing Search (UW
Housing (CAN HO-300)
Housing (USA HO-300)
Housing Search Assistance (NTE L30)
Living Situation (ACH A-01)
Services for Homeless (NPC P11.04)
Related Concepts Financial Services/Benefits
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Closing the Front Door: Creating a Successful Diversion Program for Homeless Families", National Alliance to End Homelessness, http://usich.gov/usich_resources/toolkits_for_local_action/retooling_crisis_response/closing_the_front_door/

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