Vulnerability Index Surveys

The Vulnerability Index (VI) is a tool for identifying and prioritizing the street homeless population for housing according to the fragility of their health.  It is a practical application of research into the causes of death of homeless individuals living on the street conducted by Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless organization, led by Dr. Jim O’Connell. 

In Alaska, Anchorage and Juneau have used the Vulnerability Index Survey tool through the 100,000 Homes Campaign as a means of engagement with the street homeless population.
In Juneau, the VI survey has been used as a way to better understand the local street homeless population to determine if a Permanent Supportive Housing project should be developed. Attached below are results from community efforts in 2012 and 2015. 
To learn more about the use of Vulnerability Index surveys to link housing and healthcare efforts, read the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development article in Evidence Matters.