Ensuring Community Input

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Executive Summary-Qualitative Inquiry

A qualitative inquiry helps to frame data already identified in the quantitative data and system analysis sections with the actual human experience, through capturing stories. The Vision Institute has analyzed these “stories” to determine the types of programs that will  be most effective in addressing the identified deficiencies and in development of an action plan.

Utilizing key informant interviews, four areas of focus were assessed in the qualitative inquiry: priority unmet needs, barriers to obtaining assistance, unexpected medical, and potential solutions to meet unmet needs. 

Several themes emerged during the key informant interviews. In discussing unmet needs, every interviewee revealed:

·       No assistance for unexpected medical/Financial barriers to shelter/Lack of employment due to no physical address/Problems with the healthcare system/Mistrust of doctors and Discrimination

 Some, but not all interviewees also brought up the following as major factors in discussing basic needs:

·       Unsafe environment/Substance abuse assistance needed and desired/Some medical services are not covered by Medicaid/Shelters are not long term and on a lottery basis and The stigma of homelessness

Themes and findings point to high need for assistance with unexpected medical costs, financial barriers, health system issues, healthcare access, (lack of) education about homelessness, discrimination, and substance abuse.  The Vision Institute fills in these gaps.