South Plains Homeless Consortium kicks off 100 day challenge

South Plains Homeless Consortium kicks off 100 day challenge

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

There's a new initiative involving dozens of service organizations to fight homelessness in the South Plains. The South Plains Homeless Consortium kicked off a 100 day challenge to improve local services.

"It really sparked through an initiative of the South Plains Homeless Consortium where we brought agencies that are participating agencies in the Lubbock homeless system together to evaluate what we do," said Chad Wheeler, president of the South Plains Homeless Consortium. "How we do it and how we can improve our approach to addressing homelessness."

Over the next 100 days, the SPHC will monitor and publish its progress to see if it has to make any changes.

"So at the end of the 100 days we want to have a developed coordinated entry system, which is the system through which people navigate to the appropriate resources to housing," Wheeler said. "The other part of it is through that system we want to house 45 of the most vulnerable individuals in households in Lubbock."

The Lubbock Police Department is also a consortium member. Its Homeless Outreach Team focuses on connecting people with the resources the other member organizations provide. 

"This is just a pilot program. I think if it is successful it will be something we can carry on which is definitely the goal," said Sergeant Steven Bergen with the Homeless Outreach Team. "We will just have to wait and see and I think we will do progress updates of how we house folks and how things are going and find out what works and what doesn't so I think it is a great step in the right direction for our city." 

Chad Wheeler said there have been at least 85 people in Lubbock who have been homeless for more than a year. He said the consortium is making a new shift prioritizing its services.

The 100 day challenge officially ends New Years Day. 

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