What We Do

BY THE NUMBERS

Helping Reduce Homelessness in Savannah-Chatham

Individuals Housed
The number of individuals housed through the Continuum of Care/Interagency Council on Homelessness from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
Housed Veterans
The number of Veterans experiencing homelessness successfully housed in the Cove at Dundee, Veteran’s Tiny House Community since it’s opening
Mental Health Referrals
The number of people experiencing homelessness received critical mental health and medical referrals and support since January of 2022
Street Outreach Engagements
Number of street outreach engagements since January 2023 building trust and rapport while connecting unsheltered citizens to essential services

2024 POINT IN TIME COUNT FAQS

  • What is the PIT Count?
    • The 2024 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a real-time survey of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night. The PIT Count helps inform federal, state, and local decision-making and resource allocation to effectively address the experience of homelessness. 
    • To receive federal funds, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that communities perform a PIT count annually of people who are experiencing homelessness. This count is done annually for those who are sheltered in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. 
    • The 2024 count of sheltered and unsheltered friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness is a community-wide effort that relies on 100+ volunteers.
  • Who leads the PIT Count? 
    • Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless leads this effort as the lead agency for the ICH/COC. However, the PIT Count could not happen without the support of our ecosystem of service providers, volunteers, city and county governments, and other public/private partners.
  • When and Where will the PIT Count Occur?
    • The PIT Count is on January 25th, 2024, from 6-11:30 p.m. The starting location will be CSAH’s offices on Wheaton Street (761 Wheaton Street, Savannah, Ga), and teams of volunteers will be sent out throughout Chatham Savannah from this starting point. 
  • Why is the PIT Count Important to Our Community?
    • The PIT Count does not provide a cumulative picture of the number of people who are experiencing homelessness in our community, instead, it is a snapshot of a singular point in time. However, this snapshot is a crucial tool for our community to help our ecosystem of service providers understand the needs of our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness.
  • What Type of Data is Collected?
    • Any data collected during the PIT Count is completely anonymous and will be used to help our community better understand the experience of homelessness in Chatham Savannah.
    •  Data such as the amount of time an individual has experienced homelessness, gender identification, age, marital status, ethnicity, veteran, and disability status is collected during the PIT Count. 
  • What is Done with the Data Collected? 
    • The results of the PIT Count are aggregated, analyzed, and compiled into a report submitted to HUD and the public in the spring. The results will be used to inform knowledge of homelessness in the Chatham Savannah community and contribute to the improvement of equitable and accessible programs, services, and resources.
  • Who Can I Contact if I Have Questions? 
    • Please contact our main office if you have any questions. 
    • Phone: 9127903400
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What We Do

CSAH is strategically working to reduce homelessness in three effective ways. First, through our street outreach team, we effectively engage with unsheltered homeless individuals living in places unsuitable for human habitation through nonjudgmental and consistent interactions. Second, as the lead agency for the ICH, we manage and implement data systems offering training, and technical support to our ICH community partners. Third, we act as the lead agency for the development of housing for those experiencing homelessness. Read more about our strategies, programs and services below.

Supportive Housing Program

Supportive Housing Program

City 54

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CSAH provides 54 scattered site homes throughout Savannah for people experiencing homelessness. This permanent supportive housing is designated for homeless individuals and families with identified special needs. Using the Housing First model and a Harm Reduction emphasis, we provides case management, referrals to supportive services, and rental assistance to residents living in units across Savannah. Currently, 129 people are stably housed in the City 54 program.

Housing Development

Housing Development

Dundee Cottages and The Cove at Dundee

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We act as the lead agency for the development of housing for those experiencing homelessness.  Since 2019, through the support of many private donors and foundations, CSAH has developed Dundee Cottages and The Cove at Dundee, a veteran’s Tiny House Community.  To date, the Cove at Dundee has housed over 60 veterans exiting homelessness. The final 12 tiny homes were completed in November of 2023, which increased the Cove's ability to house veterans exiting homelessness from 37 to 49.  Our Veteran’s community offers full wrap-around services and case management to all residents living at the Cove. Through innovative partnerships with Chatham County’s community financial development institution (Community Housing Services Agency), The Chatham Savannah Landbank Authority, the City of Savannah, The Savannah Affordable Housing Fund, and others, CSAH is leading the development of housing for people experiencing homelessness. By the end of 2023, CSAH will own/operate the “Cottages at Dundee” a 40-unit cottage community for families and children experiencing homelessness, complete with a 2000 Square foot resident services center and a full-time maintenance cottage.

Street Outreach Teams

Street Outreach Teams

PATH, H.O.T., UCM

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Our street outreach teams effectively engage with unsheltered homeless individuals living in places not meant for human habitation through nonjudgmental and consistent direct interactions.   Our PATH mental health outreach team, Unified Case Management Outreach staff, and our City of Savannah supported Homeless Outreach Team each canvass various areas of Chatham County to help connect with and build trust and rapport with unsheltered people living in places not meant for human habitation. We work in partnership with public safety and public health organizations with the support of the local government.  These coordinated outreach efforts helped relocate several homeless camps throughout our community while offering the occupants opportunities to receive critical services and support.  In 2023, our outreach teams led the Point In Time Count resulting in the highest data quality to date. The 2024 PIT count will serve as a “benchmark” in the development of our Interagency Council on Homelessness strategic plan.

Case Management

Case Management

Crisis Care

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Experienced staff provide intensive case work with individuals and families to address a variety of issues that lead to homelessness. Case managers provide resources and support to help individuals with medical concerns, chemical health assessments, mental health assessments, life planning, food, clothing, and shelter options. Expert case managers are outposted at Economic Opportunity Authority Austin House, Union Mission Dutchtown, the Cove at Dundee and Savannah State University. With a focus on harm reduction, trauma informed, nonjudgmental case work, our team provides critical support for people in our community experiencing homelessness in need of housing and permanent supportive housing.

Resource, Referrals, Community Events

Resource, Referrals, Community Events

Community Resources

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Located at 761 Wheaton Street, Department of Family and Children Services, our open access team provides essential resources and referrals to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Through powerful community partnerships, clients connect quickly with available shelter beds, food and clothing resources, showers, medical care, mental health care, employment services, transportation, and various family support services. In collaboration with partner agencies, CSAH coordinates a large one-day resource fair for individuals experiencing homelessness each year. Homeless community service providers, congregations, businesses, government entities, and others interested in offering free goods, employment services, haircuts, eyeglasses, vaccinations, dental care, and support services attend the fair.

Coordinated Entry

Coordinated Entry

(CE)

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The purpose of Coordinated Entry (CE) is to ensure that all households experiencing homelessness have equitable access to housing resource connections to resolve their housing crisis. The system aims to work with households to understand their strengths and needs, provide a tailored assessment process, and progressively engage households to connect to the housing and homeless assistance that will best support them. CE incorporates the principles of a system-wide housing-first approach and prioritizes those with the highest service needs through a prioritization model.

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

Lead Agency for the Interagency Council on Homelessness

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As the Lead Agency for the Interagency Council on Homelessness (or the Hud-approved collaborative applicant), we manage and implement efficient data systems offering training, and technical support to our ICH community partners.  CSAH is the lead agency for the Homeless Management Information System.   We are the lead agency for Coordinated Entry ensuring that all households experiencing homelessness have equitable access to housing resource connections to resolve their housing crisis. This system aims to work with households to understand their strengths and needs, provide a tailored assessment process, and progressively engage households to connect to the housing and homeless assistance that will best support them. CE incorporates the principles of a system-wide housing-first approach and prioritizes those with the highest service needs through a prioritization model. In a role as lead agency, we provide support and professional development opportunities to our ICH partners and agencies keeping HUD regulations, compliances, and best practices front and center of our collective work.

Homeless Service Provider Coordination

Homeless Service Provider Coordination

Collaborative Partner with Homeless Serving Agencies

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CSAH works to strengthen the collaboration among service providers and build their organizational capacity to provide quality programs and ensure strong and healthy nonprofit organizations.

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