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How should I be counting people and households experiencing chronic homelessness for the PIT count?

Date Published: December 2016

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As described in the HUD Notice-CPD-16-060, beginning with the 2017 PIT Count, the following standards for counting people and households experiencing chronic homelessness should be followed:

  1. Each of the following criteria must be met for a person to be counted as chronically homeless for the PIT Count:
     
    1. The person is the adult head of household (or youth head of household if there are no adults in the household); and
       
    2. The person is homeless and lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter; and
       
    3. The person has been homeless and living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter continuously for at least the last 12 months or on at least four separate occasions in the last 3 years where the combined length of time homeless is at least 12 months; and
       
    4. The person has a disability.

  2. HUD now requires Continuums of Care (CoCs) to report persons experiencing chronic homelessness by household type (i.e., persons in households with at least one adult and one child, persons in households without children, and persons in households with only children).

  3. When entering data in HDX, CoCs must report the number of chronically homeless households and the number of persons in each chronically homeless household by household type for "All Households," "Veteran Households," and "Youth Households". Veterans and youth who are chronically homeless are also a subset of "All Households" and should still be included in the "All Households" data.

  4. If the adult or youth head of household qualifies as chronically homeless, then all persons in the household should be counted as chronically homeless. This includes all household types (i.e., households with at least one adult and one child, households with only adults, and households with only children). Each of the households in the following example would be considered chronically homeless, and all of the members of these households would be counted as chronically homeless:
     
    1. 4-person family with two adults and two children. The adult head of household meets all of the criteria for chronic homelessness. 
       
    2. 2-person household with two adults, where the head of household meets the definition of chronically homeless.
       
    3. A 17-year-old mother and her 1-year old child, where the mother (youth head of household) meets the definition of chronically homeless.

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