Sometimes in life you can talk all you want about how to best do something but unless you can actually show people
they will never get it. So that is why we at Simtech Solutions practice what we preach. Simtech
Solutions Inc. President, Matt Simmonds, has spoken
at national HUD conferences as well as at regional ones in the realms of using
technology to drive social change. A list of these
presentations and PowerPoints available for download
can be found by clicking here.
Our methodologies being utilized within the 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness for
the City of Quincy, Massachusetts led to Matt Simmonds
and John Yazwinski, chairman of the Quincy-Weymouth
Continuum of Care, to be invited to present our work at this year’s HUD
sponsored Advanced Data User’s Group Meeting in Portland, OR.
These best practices call for the adoption of common data standards and using
data to isolate client subpopulations in dire need of help, set goals targeted
to addressing these problems and then using the data for years to come to
show that these benchmarks have been met or exceeded. Using this
model we were able to aid in the closing of an emergency shelter as a result of
placing groups of chronically homeless individuals into places of their own at
a cost estimate to be $8,405 less per client than the cost of shelter!
The full white paper summarizing the study can be found by clicking here.
At the ceremony to announce
the closing of the shelter, US Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director
Philip Mangano, stated that Quincy is leading the way against chronic homelessness and went on
to say that Quincy’s plan is a National Model. The staff at HUD has
agreed and presented the Quincy/Weymouth
Continuum of Care with an "Advanced Data Users
Award" at the 2008 National HMIS Conference in Atlanta for the tools and approach that were used in collecting
data to support these initiatives.
If your state, region or agency agrees with our methodologies and would like to pursue working together
further, so collectively we can explore new ways to address old problems, then please contact us.