CoC FAQ

Note: This FAQ relates to HMIS, CoC

Q

How can a record from HMIS or a comparable database count as documentation of homelessness?

Date Published: April 2016

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A single record of a stay in an emergency shelter or a safe haven or an outreach contact of an individual or head of household residing in a place not meant for human habitation in a single month is sufficient documentation to consider the individual or head of household as residing in that location for the entire month unless there is clear evidence of a break such as an HMIS record of an exit to permanent housing. Where data is available, the intake worker could document the individual or head of household’s entire period of homelessness based on records contained in HMIS or a comparable database. It should be noted that self-reported data contained in HMIS or a comparable database does not qualify as third-party documentation.


Tags: Data - General CoC Program Requirements - Definition of Chronic Homelessness HMIS CoC