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HUD’s Definition of Chronically Homeless

The final definition fixes a long standing ambiguity that has been around since the original definition was established.  The final definition is intended to get us closer to the originally intended target population—the subset of people with high service needs and disabilities who, if not provided with long-term housing assistance and supportive services would likely remain homeless.

The final definition of is intended to correct the ambiguity in a number of ways:

~ It now specifies that to be considered chronically homeless, a person must have a disability and have been living in a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, or a safe haven for the last 12 months continuously or on at least four occasions in the last three years where those occasions cumulatively total at least 12 months;

~ It clarifies that an occasion of homelessness could be a single day or night, but distinguishes between separate occasions if there is a break of at least seven days where the person was not residing in an emergency shelter, safe haven, or residing in a place meant for human habitation.

~ It considers stays of fewer than 90 days in institutions like jails, hospitals, or psychiatric centers not as a break in homelessness, but as counting toward total time spent homeless; and

~The final rule establishes recordkeeping requirements for documenting chronic homelessness that take into account how providers use HMIS and that does not require documentation of each day of homelessness, but a method that can be more easily implemented.

2017 HMIS Data Standards

Training Manuals & Documents

New User Training