Chronic Homelessness

In 2010 the Administration released Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and set the goal to finish the job of ending chronic homelessness by 2015 (this goal has since been extended to 2017). In December 2015, HUD published the Final Rule on Defining “Chronically Homeless”. Continuum of Care (CoC) recipients must comply with the regulations promulgated by this rule as of January 15, 2016.

Chronic Homelessness Webinar Series

HUD has prepared three brief webinars to assist CoCs and HMIS Lead Agencies understand how HMIS can be used to assist in identifying people who are experiencing chronic homelessness.

  • Updated: Capturing the information about a client’s living situation in HMIS needed to calculate their chronic homeless status. Every HMIS-participating project has to record clients’ living situation and disability status in HMIS at project entry and can simply record that information based on client self-response.
  • Coming Soon: Using HMIS to document a client’s chronic homeless status for eligibility purposes. This is achieved by looking at a client’s entries and exits in HMIS, rather than the self-reported data collected at each project entry.
  • Reporting on chronic homelessness combines these two concepts by looking at self-reported data AND enrollment histories for each client to generate reports on the people experiencing chronic homelessness in your CoC.

These webinars are intended to clarify the fundamental distinctions between these concepts and to provide information that can be woven into appropriate provider and end-user trainings.