For provider programs that serve multiple household types, but where a precise number of beds are not designated exclusively for a particular type of household, the total number of beds may be distributed among the household types served by the provider program using one of the following methodologies:
- Divide the beds based on how the bed(s) were used on the night of the HIC. If the facility is not at full capacity on the night of the count, then extrapolate the distribution based on the pro-rated distribution of those who are served on the night of the count.
- Divide the beds based on average utilization. For example, a provider program has 100 beds that could be used by either households without children or households with at least one adult and one child. If one-half of the beds are used by persons in households without children on an average night and the other half are used by persons in households with at least one adult and one child, then include 50 beds for households without children, and for the 50 beds for households with at least one adult and one child in the HIC.
- Provider programs with a fixed number of units but no fixed number of beds can use a multiplier factor to estimate the number of beds (e.g., a program with 30 family units and an average family size of 3 equals 90 beds for households with at least one adult and one child).
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