Date Published: March 2015
At this time, only 30 percent of all CoC Program-funded PSH is dedicated to the chronically homeless. In order to meet the Administration’s goal of ending chronic homelessness, recipients must significantly increase the number of PSH units targeted to persons with the highest needs and greatest barriers towards obtaining and maintaining housing on their own. HUD expects recipients of PSH to serve people with the longest histories of homelessness and the most severe service needs. Although this typically would be persons experiencing chronically homeless, HUD recognizes that there are homeless individuals and families that have severe service needs that are in need of PSH but that do not yet meet the criteria required to be considered chronically homeless.
Therefore, the Prioritization Notice establishes two orders of priority aimed at ensuring that all PSH funded through the CoC Program targets the persons who need it the most–whether that be a person experiencing chronic homelessness or a person with the most severe needs that do not yet meet the requirements to be considered chronically homeless–and moves communities away from a first-come-first-served approach that has been ineffective in reducing chronic homelessness.