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What is the order of priority for CoC Program-funded PSH beds that are not dedicated or prioritized?

Date Published: March 2015

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HUD encourages CoCs and recipients of non-dedicated and non-prioritized CoC Program-funded PSH to offer housing to persons experiencing chronic homelessness first, to the maximum extent possible. For all other CoC Program-funded PSH, where the CoC adopts the orders of priority established in the Prioritization Notice and incorporates them into their written standards, households should be selected in the following order:

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

  1. Household is eligible for CoC Program-funded PSH meaning that there is a household member with a disability and they are coming from a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter. This includes persons exiting an institution where they have resided for 90 days or less but were living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter immediately prior to entering the institution; and
  2. The household has been identified as having severe service needs.

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

  1. Household is eligible for CoC Program-funded PSH meaning that there is a household member with a disability and they are coming from a place not meant for human habitation, safe haven, or emergency shelter. This includes persons exiting an institution where they have resided for 90 days or less but were living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter immediately prior to entering the institution; and,
  2. The household has been living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter for at least 6 months or has experienced three occasions in the past 3 years of living in one of these locations; and,
  3. The household has not been identified as having severe service needs; and,
  4. There are no eligible households within the CoC’s geographic area that meet the criteria under Order of Priority 1 for non-dedicated or non-prioritized PSH.

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

  1. Household is eligible for CoC Program-funded PSH meaning that there is a household member with a disability and they are coming from a place not meant for human habitation, safe haven, or emergency shelter. This includes persons exiting an institution where they have resided for 90 days or less but were living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter immediately prior to entering the institution; and,
  2. The household has not been identified as having severe service needs and has been living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter for less than six months or has experienced less than three occasions of living in one of these locations in the past 3 years; and,
  3. There are no eligible households within the CoC’s geographic area that meet the criteria under Order of Priority 1 and 2 for non-dedicated or non-prioritized PSH.

Order of Priority 4 - A household should be prioritized fourth in non-dedicated and non-prioritized PSH if the following is true:

  1. Any household that is eligible for CoC Program-funded PSH meaning that there is a household member with a disability and they are coming from transitional housing where they entered directly from a place not meant for human habitation, emergency shelter, or safe haven.
  2. There are no eligible households within the CoC’s geographic area that meet the criteria under Order of Priority 1, 2, and 3 for non-dedicated or non-prioritized PSH.

Summary of Each Order of Priority

Order of Priority for Dedicated or Prioritized, Non-Dedicated Beds

Order of Priority for Dedicated and Prioritized PSH

Meets HUD’s Chronic Homelessness Definition

Has Severe Service Needs?

Other Requirement

1

Yes

Yes

At least 12 months continuous or at least 12 months cumulative across 4 episodes in three years

2

Yes

No

At least 12 months continuous or at least 12 months cumulative across 4 episodes in three years

3

Yes

Yes

Less than 12 months cumulative across 4 episodes in three years

4

Yes

No

Less than 12 months cumulative across 4 episodes in three years

Order of Priority for Non-Dedicated and Non-Prioritized PSH

Meets HUD’s Chronic Homelessness Definition

Has Severe Service Needs?

Other Requirements

1

No

Yes

Coming from streets, safe haven, emergency shelter

2

No

No

Coming from streets, safe haven, and emergency shelter PLUS at least 6 months continuously homeless or at least 3 occasions in 3 years.

3

No

No

Coming from streets, safe haven, emergency shelter

4

No

No

Coming from transitional housing (first came from streets, safe haven, emergency shelter)


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