Cloudburst has helped communities design and implement programs that quickly rehouse people experiencing homelessness by creating best practices in using Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuums of Care (CoC) funds as well as innovative housing models that leverage all available resources to implement housing surges through centralized and coordinated systems. In Los Angeles, Cloudburst assisted in implementing a Housing Central Command structure to drive an overall rehousing process for Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), with one of the nation’s largest homeless populations. This increased model resolves obstacles in real-time, and implements continuous system improvements to streamline the rehousing process.
Disaster Technical Assistance
Cloudburst has amassed practical knowledge, resources, and tools to help CoCs throughout the country prepare for, respond to, and recover from hurricanes, floods, tornados, and fires. Our response includes on-the-ground assistance during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the Northern California Paradise fire. The Cloudburst team understands the disproportionate impacts of homelessness on communities of color and is leading efforts to respond to racial disparities in housing outcomes as well as upholding the intent of the Equal Access Rule.
Infectious Disease Response
In the last ten years, Cloudburst has monitored and responded to several public health emergencies; we have most recently been assigned the lead technical assistance (TA) provider for HUD’s COVID-19 response effort. Our COVID-19 response effort includes providing direct TA to communities, developing leading guidance documents such as the Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs, and curating critical community-level resources. Cloudburst also led the response to hepatitis A and tuberculosis outbreaks in homeless populations in Atlanta and San Diego. We quickly identify needs in emerging situations and apply our accumulated experience, adapt existing resources, and initiate fresh efforts as dedicated innovators in the area of homelessness assistance and prevention.
Capability-Building and Training
Cloudburst staff, many of whom are former employees of HUD grantees, have provided training and capacity-building support to hundreds of communities on regulations and best practices for the use of HUD Community Planning and Development funds, performance measurement and improvement strategies, coordinated investment planning, systems transformation (i.e., CoC mergers), financial and grant management, coordinated entry systems, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Our work includes leading HUD Intensive Workshops and Communities of Practice, co-coordinating and presenting at NHSDC conferences, developing a data analytics massive open online course (MOOC), providing HMIS capacity-building TA, and coordinating CoC mergers.
The Homeless Assistance Programs practice area has deep expertise in HMIS, Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), and other homeless service systems. We have delivered training to build community capacity to analyze data and strengthen data governance, as well as performed advanced statistical analysis on existing data. Cloudburst currently validates and analyzes data for ESG and CoC financial expenditures and compliance. We have also led engagements to use HUD data, such as Point-In-Time (PIT) counts, to analyze the root causes of homelessness.