Chronic Homeless Definition Change: How it Will Help

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12/04/2015 – Achieving an End to Chronic Homelessness: How the Final Definition Will Help

By Richard Cho, Deputy Director

This morning, HUD published the Final Rule on Defining “Chronically Homeless,” providing a final Federal definition of the population of people experiencing chronic homelessness. This final definition (which has been in the works for a few years now) fixes a long-standing ambiguity that has been around since the original definition was established—an ambiguity which may have reduced our impact in ending chronic homelessness. The final definition does so in a way that gets 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 (e.g. permanent supportive housing), would likely remain homeless.

Sharing this view is Dr. Dennis Culhane, who was one of the researchers who discovered…click here to read the whole story.

Data Can Help Drive Progress

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12/03/2015 – Sustaining our Data-Driven Focus: Findings and Implications of Recent Data Releases

By Matthew Doherty, Executive Director

Data can help drive progress – if we use it well and wisely. That’s true for communities and it is true for the multiple interagency working groups USICH convenes to make Federal policy decisions to help end homelessness across America. We believe in data-driven decision-making so strongly that the recently amended Federal plan to prevent and end homelessness, Opening Doors, puts an even greater emphasis on the importance of data for decision-making and performance management.

A great deal of very important data has been released…click here to read the whole story.

How Data is Ending Chronic Homelessness in Maine

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11/24/2015 – How Data is Ending Chronic Homelessness in Maine

By Cullen Ryan

In rural Maine, as I imagine it is in other rural areas, it has been difficult to track down our chronically homeless population. Bouncing through small shelters several months at a time, people remained homeless for years, while not appearing “chronic” to any one shelter. The result: Our shelter system was becoming congested with people homeless for very long periods of time, using beds night after night. We invented an approach to more easily identify and target the people staying the longest, and the results are impressive.

The Maine Statewide Homeless Council decided….click here to read the whole story on USICH website.