What is Diversion?
Diversion screening happens when a client or household contacts an access point. When households experiencing a housing crisis enter or call an access point, access point providers conduct a Diversion screening to determine if the household can return to housing or identify alternative housing outside of the crisis response system. Diversion utilizes resources and mediation techniques to assist the household in identifying alternative housing options including returning to their own housing, staying with family or friends, or relocation to another area. Diversion should only take place when clients are literally homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the next seven days.
Often, resolving a conflict between friends or family members can lead to a resolved housing crisis. For this reason, mediation can be a powerful Diversion tool. For more information about mediation, see Finding a Solution: Guide to Mediation on COHHIO’s Training and Technical Assistance page.
Once it is determined that an individual or family qualifies for Diversion, complete the Acknowledgment of Data Collection and Consent to Share. There is a verbal version for use if Diversion will be conducted over the phone. Use the Diversion Screening Script to shape the conversation with the client(s). You can use the HMIS Diversion Form to facilitate entry of the Diversion activity into HMIS. See the CE Provider Diversion Workflow page of our HMIS site for more information.