In 2003, Columbus was one of eleven cities nationwide to receive funding through the Collaborative Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. This grant was used to plan and implement RLPTI. RLPTI is a multi-system, multi-agency collaboration, led by the Community Shelter Board, intended to seamlessly coordinate permanent housing, services, and access to resources for chronically homeless persons with severe mental disabilities using a PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) model. CRP facilitated the work of RLPTI partner agencies to identify program benchmarks and outcome indicators to guide the evaluation plan. These were organized by three priorities of service delivery which correspond to the three national CHI program priorities:
Priority 1: Client Level. Provide housing and health and supportive services to persons who experience chronic homelessness and suffer from severe mental disabilities. Priority 2: Service Provider Level. Establish an integrated multidisciplinary team of professionals to provide service and housing. Priority 3: System Level. Integrate a service delivery system in ways that can be replicated and sustained.
In its role as local evaluator, CRP collected and analyzed qualitative and quantitative data; prepared annual evaluation reports; prepared monthly "dashboard" reports; and participated in the RLPTI Management Team.