Note: This FAQ relates to HMIS, CoC
Date Published: March 2015
Example: A chronically homeless person has been accepted into a permanent supportive housing program and has begun working with the recipient to identify a permanent supportive housing unit. The program participant is currently living on the streets and has no friends or family to stay with temporarily while an appropriate unit is located and secured. The permanent housing recipient is able to make arrangements with a transitional housing recipient to allow the person to reside in one of the transitional housing beds temporarily during this interim period.
The program participant cannot be entered into two residential programs in HMIS at the same time. Based on the 2014 HMIS Data Standards Manual, the project entry date must be collected at project entry and indicates the date a client has joined the project. For a permanent supportive housing project, this is the date of entry into a permanent supportive housing unit.
Therefore, for the program participant temporarily residing in a transitional housing bed while a permanent supportive housing unit is being located and secured, the program participant must be entered into the transitional housing project in HMIS. The project entry date would be the date they move into the transitional housing bed. Once a permanent supportive housing unit has been secured and the program participant begins to occupy the unit, the program participant must be exited from the transitional housing project in HMIS and entered into the PSH project. The PSH entry date is the date the program participant moves into their permanent supportive housing unit.