Note: This FAQ relates to HMIS
Date Published: July 2016
The HMIS Programming Specifications clarify that the length of time goes to either the longest continuous length of time beyond 365 days from the reporting period or to the “lookback” date. CoCs do not include time prior to the lookback date for system data. That means that any time homeless before October 1, 2012, will not be included. When CoCs begin using data from 3.17 (this data element will be renamed 3.9.17 starting 10/1/2016), HUD plans to include all time reported in that field, even if that time extends further in the past than October 1, 2012. HUD anticipates releasing more information after October 2016 to clarify any questions as they relate to reporting data from the 3.17/3.9.17 data elements. HUD is not requiring data from these fields in this initial submission in the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX). When HUD eventually does require the inclusion of 3.9.17 data, the Length of Time Homeless measure will be reported with and without it so CoCs will still be able to compare their data from year to year, and not compare a year without 3.9.17 to a year with 3.9.17.