Date Published: November 2017
A person’s household size is based on the size of the household on the first day they were served within that reporting period for each reporting category. A household size should be recorded for each new household. For example, an adult and two children enter a transitional housing project and, at some point, one of the children leaves the household, leaving the remaining household members. In this scenario, you would count 1 household with a household size equal to 3 because there were 3 people in the household on the first day this household was served in the project for this category.
Counting household sizes can be challenging if a new household is counted due to changes in the composition of an existing household. For example, an adult and two children use transitional housing in October, and the same adult returns with the same two children plus one more child in February. The new child has not been served before in the TH-FAM reporting category. In this scenario, the community should count 2 households; the first household has a size of 3 people and the second household has the size of 4 people. [A variation to this example: if the child who was added to the household in February had used transitional housing for families prior to joining the household, then only one household should be counted in the AHAR and the household has a size of 3 people. The household size is based on the first day this household was served—in October.] If, for example, a married couple without children splits up and re-enters a shelter, there would be 3 households recorded in ES-IND, 1 for the original couple and 2 for the new households for each member of the old household over the course of the year.