If you operate a housing nonprofit, adopting smart case management software is critical in moving your mission forward.
Our case management software helps you feel confident in remaining compliant for funding needs and cuts down on your staff members’ administrative and data-entry duties, freeing them up to focus on getting a roof over more heads.
Let’s explore just a few reasons why we recommend case management software for your housing organization.
If your nonprofit receives federal and private grants, or wants to, you likely are required to implement a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, “is a local information technology system used to collect client-level data and data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness.”
This means that housing nonprofits must oftentimes select a HUD-compliant HMIS solution like Apricot.
We understand that some nonprofit leaders may be wary of adopting software that is not tailored specifically for their industry, but you can rest assured that we have nonprofits like yours in mind when creating and updating our technology. When you partner with us, we include a proactive, one-on-one consultative service to ensure that your organization remains compliant, your data is high quality, and you can create reports in a timely manner.
In addition, our case management software simplifies program management and data collection, allowing your organization to run more efficiently and ensure participants are receiving the best services from your staff.
Your caseworkers are stretched thin and serving a growing number of people who are in desperate need of their help. It’s critical that, as the leader of your housing nonprofit, you implement processes that save your caseworkers time and better serve your community.
Apricot is proud to assist in solving these needs with its robust intake tool.
The streamlined intake process that comes with Apricot allows caseworkers to digitally upload relevant participant information directly into a centralized, secure database viewable by teammates and across departments—making spreadsheets and paper a thing of the past at your organization.
Online forms can also alleviate the work of your caseworkers by allowing them to offload that process onto many participants. Local Investment Commission (LINC), one of our clients, used to crunch through paper enrollment forms for more than 6,000 people—that’s 18,000 pieces of paper. After transitioning to online forms, LINC was able to reclaim 17 weeks’ worth of staff time during its enrollment period. Imagine the time your housing nonprofit could save with a better intake process!
You’ll also find that this high-quality intake process allows you to better assess your clients’ needs and ensure they are aligned with the correct services.
As a housing organization, you’re oftentimes juggling a lot of different services in order to ensure your participants are receiving holistic care. While the immediate need of your participants may be a bed to sleep in, there are typically other needs your caseworkers refer participants to in conjunction with housing. Without a centralized location for data, it’s easier for important participant information to get lost in the shuffle, which means they may not get the care they need.
If your data is disorganized and archaic, it’s likely your data will be siloed between departments and programs and there will be gaps. This makes it difficult to build reports for internal stakeholders and funders alike. It also inhibits your ability to track the outcomes of your programs.
By adopting Apricot software, all data will be in a central system, leaving less room for error and offering more visibility across your organization. You can also pull reports from our software in a matter of moments, which empowers your organization to be nimbler in ensuring your participants are getting the best services at every stage of their journey with you.
Apricot was made with your housing organization in mind to enable you and your caseworkers to do what they do best—help more people find stable and secure housing—in less time. Get a demo today.
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