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How do I count households in the AHAR? For example, how many households do I count for a mom and two children that use an emergency shelter for one week, but later the mom comes back with only one of her children?

Date Published: November 2017

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In this scenario, one household is counted in the ES-FAM reporting category. For counting households in the family reporting categories, a person is counted as part of the first household that they are served in during the AHAR reporting period. In this example, any subsequent household that the mother or two children is served in by an ES-FAM provider should not get counted as an additional household, unless there are new members of that household that were not served previously by an ES-FAM provider. Thus, if the mother and one child had made the first emergency shelter visit together then came back to the shelter later with the second child who had not been part of any other household (i.e., the second child has not been previously served by an ES-FAM provider), two households should be counted. This is because the second ES-FAM visit is the first household for the second child. In other words, the initial household of mom and child would be counted as a household, and the second household of mom and two children would be counted as a household because it is the first household for the second child.

First Service Encounter Second Service Encounter Third Service Encounter Number of Households: Explanation*
Eliza, Henry Eliza, Henry - 1 household: One household is counted based on the first service encounter because this was the first household for Eliza and Henry.
Eleanor, Joe Eleanor, Joe - 2 households: Two households are counted because the first service encounter was Eleanor and Joe’s first household and the second service encounter was Sue’s first household.
Eleanor, Joe, and Sue Eleanor, Joe - 1 household: One household is counted based on the first service encounter, because no new people were part of the household in the second service encounter.
Janice, Larry Janice, Larry, Devon Larry, Devon 2 households: Two households are counted because the first service encounter was Janice and Larry’s first household, and the second service encounter was Devon’s first household. The third service encounter is not a new household because both Larry and Devon were previously counted as part of a household.

*For the AHAR, a family is defined as a household composed of at least one adult (age 18 or older) and one child (age 17 or younger).

Rule of thumb: Exits from a household never result in a new household; entries into an existing household may result in a new household if the person who entered the household has not been served previously as a member of a household in the reporting category. The table above provides a few examples.

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