Returns to Homelessness

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We are working to better understand persons who return to a homeless situation after exiting homelessness into stable housing. Below are the HMIS demographics of adults who gained stable housing in 2014 and returned to the homeless system in 2015 and 2016 (a 2-year window).

Returns to Homelessness:
1-6 months – 9
7-12 months- 13
13-24 months – 13

Household types:
2-two parent household (4%)
1-single parent household (2%)
32 – single person households (94%)

Black – 9 (26%)
White –  24 (68%)
Bi-racial -2 (6%)

Chronically Homeless:
Yes 9 (26%)
No 25 (72%)
Unknown 1 (2%)

To be considered chronically homeless, an individual or head of household must meet the definition of “homeless individual with a disability” from the McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act and have been living in a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, or in 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. (HUD)

17 Yes (49%)
17 No (49%)
1 Unknown (2%)

The definition of “homeless individual with a disability” also requires that the condition be of long and continuing duration; substantially impedes the individual’s ability to live independently; and, is expected to improve with the provision of housing. (HUD)