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What is the order of priority for CoC Program-funded PSH beds that are either dedicated or prioritized for the chronically homeless?

Date Published: March 2015

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Where the CoC has adopted the orders of priority described in the Prioritization Notice, recipients of either dedicated or prioritized CoC Program-funded PSH must select persons for permanent supportive housing in the following order:

Order of Priority 1 - A household should be prioritized first in dedicated or prioritized PSH if all of the following are true:

  1. Individual or head of household meets the definition of chronically homeless per 24 CFR 578.3; and,
  2. The length of time the individual or head of household has been homeless is at least 12 months continuously or over a of at least four occasions in the past 3 years where the total length of time homeless totals at least 12 months; and,
  3. The individual or head of household has been identified as having severe service needs.

Order of Priority 2 - A household should be prioritized second in dedicated or prioritized PSH if all of the following are true:

  1. Individual or head of household meets the definition of chronically homeless per 24 CFR 578.3; and,
  2. The length of time the individual or head of household has been living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter is at least 12 months continuously or over a period of at least four occasions in the past 3 years where the total length of time homeless totals at least 12 months; and,
  3. The individual or head of household has not been identified as having severe service needs; and,
  4. There are no chronically homeless households within the CoC’s geographic area that meet the criteria under Order of Priority 1 for dedicated or prioritized PSH.

Order of Priority 3 - A household should be prioritized third in dedicated or prioritized PSH if all of the following are true:

  1. Individual or head of household meets the definition of chronically homeless per 24 CFR 578.3; and,
  2. The length of time the individual or head of household has been living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter is at least four occasions in the past 3 years where the total length of time homeless totals less than 12 months; and,
  3. The individual or head of household has been identified as having severe service needs; and
  4. There are no chronically homeless households within the CoC’s geographic area that meet the criteria under Order of Priority 1 and 2 for dedicated or prioritized PSH.

Order of Priority 4 - A household should be prioritized fourth in dedicated or prioritized PSH if all of the following are true:

  1. Individual or head of household meets the definition of chronically homeless per 24 CFR 578.3;
  2. The length of time the individual or head of household has been living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter is at least four occasions in the past 3 years where the total length of time homeless totals less than 12 months (see FAQ 1897); and,
  3. The individual or head of household has not been identified as having severe service needs; and
  4. There are no chronically homeless households within the CoC’s geographic area that meet the criteria under Order of Priority 1, 2, and 3 for dedicated or prioritized PSH.

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