Date Published: April 2016
The Final Rule on Defining “Chronically Homeless” went into effect for the CoC Program on January 4, 2016 and HUD expected Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) providers to begin using it for all new admissions as of January 16, 2016. This means, beginning January 16, 2016, any PSH projects required to serve persons that are chronically homeless (either dedicated or prioritized) may only accept new program participants that meet this definition. Dedicated permanent supportive housing is that which is targeted exclusively to the chronically homeless (unless there are no chronically homeless persons within the geographic area, as described in FAQ 1895). These beds are reported as dedicated to the chronically homeless in the Housing Inventory Count (HIC). Prioritized permanent supportive housing is that which is not specifically targeted for the chronically homeless but is prioritized for use by this population as beds become available through turnover. Recipients of CoC Program-funded permanent supportive housing that is either dedicated or prioritized are required to serve the chronically homeless in at least as many beds as indicated in the most recent grant application. These are the projects that are required to document a household’s status as chronically homeless before filling a dedicated or prioritized vacancy.
Please note that the definition of chronically homeless established by this final rule does not apply retroactively to program participants who were admitted to a CoC Program-funded permanent supportive housing program prior to January 16, 2016. This includes both households that are already housed as well as those that were admitted and enrolled into a permanent supportive housing program but who have not yet located a suitable unit. Persons that were on a waiting list prior to January 16, 2016 but who have not yet been enrolled into a permanent supportive housing program will have eligibility assessed at the point in which they are enrolled into a program and will be required to meet the definition of chronically homeless included in the final rule.