HDX Reporting

The Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) is an on-line tool designed to allow Continuums of Care to submit data to HUD for:

  • Housing Inventory Count (HIC);
  • Point-in-Time (PIT) Count; and
  • The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR).

The Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) is a critical resource for collecting and compiling data that can be used for these reports.

Users who are the designated contact for submitting their community data may login using their HMIS.info account.

To view and test the Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, and Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) data collection screens, visit the HDX Sandbox.

Housing Inventory Count

The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a point-in-time inventory of provider programs within your Continuum of Care that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless. The HIC is categorized by five Program Types.

  1. Emergency Shelter: Total number of emergency shelter beds and units that are designated to serve people who are homeless and are recognized as part of the formal homeless system.
  2. Transitional Housing: Total number of transitional housing beds and units designated to serve people who are homeless and are recognized as part of the formal homeless system.
  3. Safe Haven: Total number of Safe Haven beds and units that satisfy HUD’s standards, as identified in the 2009 NOFA.
  4. Rapid Re-housing: Total number of rapid re-housing beds and units.
  5. Permanent Supportive Housing: Total number of permanent supportive housing beds and units.

Point-in-Time Count

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count refers to a sheltered and unsheltered count of homeless persons.  HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Counts are based on:

  • Number of persons in households without children;
  • Number of persons in households with at least one adult and one child; and
  • Number of persons in households with only children. This includes only persons age 17 or under, including one-child households, adolescent parents and their children, adolescent siblings, or other household configurations composed only of children.

Counts are further broken down into subpopulation categories including counts of persons who are chronically homeless, persons with severe mental illness, chronic substance abusers, veterans, persons with HIV/AIDS, and victims of domestic violence.

Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America. The report is prepared by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period.