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.
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.
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.