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 Q3 2017 Dashboard: Last quarter we 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 Q3 2017 results as well as the changes to the methodology.

Rare

  • 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: More than 6,000 households have been permanently housed so far in 2017, exceeding the total number housed in calendar year 2016. However, the number of households decreased from Q2 to Q3 2017. When broken down by household type, the number of single adults and families housed decreased from Q2 to Q3, but the number of youth and young adults housed increased slightly. Overall, we need to increase the number of households we house each quarter by 2,300 in order to reach Functional Zero by the end of 2020.

Brief

  • Methodology: This measure has been updated to correct an error in the previous version of the dashboard.
  • Results: Overall, households spent slightly less time in shelter and transitional housing from Q4 2016-Q3 2017 (160 days) compared to Q3 2016-Q2 2017 (188 days). Both Families and Youth & Young Adults have met their “BRIEF” targets every quarter in 2017, spending less time in shelter and transitional housing than they did in 2016.

One-Time

  • 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: Only 4.4% of households have returned to homelessness after being permanently housed in Q3 2017. As expected, returns to homelessness increased slightly for households who were permanently housed in Q1 and Q2 2017. Families are the least likely to return to homelessness, whereas youth and young adults were the most likely to return.

Reducing Racial Disparities:

  • Methodology: The Coordinating Board Dashboard now incorporates Hispanic/Latino ethnicity as well as race. Clients who identify as two or more races are categorized as Multi-Racial; those who identify as Hispanic/Latino along with up to one other race are categorized as Hispanic/Latino; and all other clients are categorized as the race they identified.
  • 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. Among all race/ethnic groups, American Indian/Alaska Native and White households are least likely to exit programs to permanent housing and, along with Hispanic/Latino households, these groups are the most likely to return to homelessness. Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino households spend the longest amount of time in shelter and transitional housing (193 days on average).

Below, explore 2015 HMIS data by region and population.