Coordination of Efforts

Our efforts will be coordinated with several different federal, state, city, non profit, and faith based organizations.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Veterans Affairs Administration, United Way of Central Alabama, Hospice of Alabama, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Metropolitan Birmingham Service for the Homeless, and HUD – Homeless Management Information System.

We understand that Three Hots and A Cot is not going to be ‘the’ solution to this problem of epidemic proportion.  It is only through coordinated efforts with other agencies sharing a common goal that we will recognize any measurable success.

Measures of Success

Helping our nation’s veterans is a “one person at a time” measurement of success. The successful outcome for the individual veteran is stable and affordable housing. If they fall back into previous bad habits and a life on the streets – then Three Hots and A Cot was not successful. The measurement for each veteran is either a Zero or 100%. There is no number in between. In overall numbers of program participants the national norm is a 73% success rate. Three Hots and A Cot’s objective is to achieve an overall 80%. Even with that number, Three Hots and A Cot will have failed 20 out of 100 veterans.

Follow up contact with the veteran is essential for Three Hots and A Cot to accurately measure the veteran’s success. When a veteran moves into a Shared Living facility, Three Hots and A Cot’s mission is not completed. Can the veteran maintain his or her independent living? Three Hots and A Cot will need to follow up with our veterans over three years to get an accurate measurement of success. How many are still living in affordable housing three years after they complete our program?

Three Hots and A Cot’s Measurements of Success will be accurate and meaningful to this plan. This plan is not a “numbers” game. Three Hots and A Cot‘s focus should not be to “look good”, but to deliver the planned program to serve the veterans in need. In the end – that is the only thing that matters.

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Three Hots and A Cot is a 501(c)3 recognized organization. All gifts are tax deductible.