What should be included in the HIC?

Date Published: December 2014

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The HIC is designed to accurately reflect each Continuum of Care's (CoC) capacity to house homeless and formerly homeless persons. Beds and units in the HIC must be dedicated to serving homeless persons, or for permanent housing projects, dedicated for persons who were homeless at entry. The inventory should include all HUD-funded residential programs, as well as non-HUD funded programs that provide housing to homeless and formerly homeless persons, even if those programs do not actively participate in the CoC planning process. For the purposes of the HIC, a project with dedicated beds/units is one where:

  1. The primary intent of the project is to serve homeless persons,
  2. The project verifies homeless status as part of its eligibility determination, and
  3. The actual project clients are predominantly homeless (or, for permanent housing, were homeless at entry). 

Accordingly, you should count the following types of programs in your HIC:

  • All emergency shelters, including a youth shelter, a hotel or motel unit, and a campground space paid for with an emergency shelter voucher.
  • All transitional housing for homeless persons, including homeless youth.
  • All rapid re-housing programs that provide short- or medium-term assistance to homeless persons.
  • All permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless persons, such as SHP, S+C, or SRO Mod Rehab.
  • Residential programs for the homeless funded by private organizations.
  • Faith-based residential programs for the homeless.
  • Interfaith hospitality networks serving homeless persons.

By contrast, you should not count the following types of programs or providers in your HIC:

  • Tenant-based housing provided by the Housing Choice Voucher program, unless the voucher(s) has been exclusively dedicated to serving homeless persons.
  • Project-based public housing, unless the housing has been exclusively dedicated to serving homeless persons.
  • Medical facilities, such as hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and nursing homes, where persons are admitted for care.
  • Jails, prisons or juvenile detention facilities.
  • Foster care homes or foster care group homes.
  • Market rate units that happen to accept formerly homeless persons.
  • Chemical dependency facilities, such as substance abuse treatment facilities and detox centers.