Quarterly Data

This dashboard is used by our Coordinating Board and the broader community to monitor exits to permanent housing, average length of stay in homeless housing programs, and the rate of returns to homelessness.

Summary of Q2 2017 Dashboard: This quarter we have made some significant changes to how the Rare, Brief, and One-Time measures are calculated in order to better capture inflow and outflow from the homeless housing system. The paragraphs below summarize the Q2 2017 results as well as the changes to the methodology.


  • Methodology: Previously this measure only included exits to permanent housing from shelters, Safe Havens, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and diversion programs. Now, this measure includes all households who exit to permanent housing from any program as well as those who self-resolve their housing crisis. Toggling the “Include Prevention?” option on the right-hand side of the dashboard will either include or exclude those households who were at risk of homelessness but were not literally homeless when they started the program.
  • Housing Goal: The Housing Goal is indicated on the “Rare” chart by the grey gap between the number of households who were permanently housed and the number we would need to house in order to reach functional zero by 2020. Originally, this model was calculated once per year; estimated inflow was based on Coordinated Entry assessments and estimated current need was based on the number of households in shelter or transitional housing. The revised model is updated monthly and is based on a more comprehensive analysis of the current number of homeless households, inflow, and outflow based on HMIS enrollments and CEA assessment information.
  • Results: The number of households exiting to permanent housing has increased steadily since 2014, exceeding our goal of 10% improvement each year. This is true both when including and excluding households seeking homelessness prevention assistance. However, the number of people becoming homeless continues to rise based on our Point in Time count (Count Us In); we need to house approximately 2000 more households each quarter and prevent another 500 from becoming homeless in order to reach functional zero by 2020.


  • Methodology: This measure has been updated to correct an error in the previous version of the dashboard.
  • Results: The average number of days that single adults spent in emergency shelter and transitional housing has fluctuated since 2014 and appears to have increased in the first two quarters of 2017 compared to 2016. However, the number of days has decreased since 2014 for families, and increased for youth and young adults during this same time period.


  • Methodology: In order to align with the revised “Rare” measure, toggling the “Include Prevention?” option will either include or exclude those households who were at risk of homelessness but were not literally homeless when they started the program. Including these households decreases the number returning to homelessness because most of the households who seek prevention assistance remain housed once stabilized.
  • Results: The percent of households who returned to homelessness within 6 months of being permanently housed has fluctuated around 8% since 2014. Youth and Young adults return to homelessness at higher rates (around 10%) while families return less frequently (around 4%). We will not have complete data on our progress 2014-2016 until December 2018, or 24 months after the end of 2016.

Reducing Racial Disparities:

  • Results: People of color continue to experience homelessness at disproportionately high rates, and differences in the Rare, Brief, and One-Time outcome measures persist between households of different races. American Indian and Alaskan Native households are less likely to exit to permanent housing and more likely to return to homelessness than people of other races. Meanwhile, multiracial households spend the longest amount of time in emergency shelter and transitional housing. The dashboards below and on other pages show additional program access and outcome data by race.

Below, explore 2015 HMIS data by region and population.