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Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA)
A Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) provides centralized intake and housing assessment, thereby assuring a comprehensive communitywide service and housing delivery system. HARAs practice shelter diversion and work to rapidly re-house people who are homeless.
Each HARA employs a staff member to function as a Housing Resource Specialist. The Specialist not only works to ensure rapid re-housing but also develops a culture that teaches and makes decisions based upon outcomes. HARAs practice strength-based case management, working with the local Continuum of Care Body to ensure quality service delivery.
HARAs enter client information on the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); routinely review and correct HMIS data quality issues and monitor outcome performance; and provide services and/or make referrals to appropriate service agencies as needed. In addition, HARAs submit quarterly Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports (CAPERs) that address specific performance outcomes supported by HMIS data to the Grant Fiduciary as outlined in each Emergency Solutions Grant contract.