HUD has recently posted two new resources on the HUD Exchange on the Definition of Chronic Homelessness. The following new materials are available via the Chronic Homelessness landing page:
- Flowchart of HUD’s Definition of Chronic Homelessness – This tool guides you through HUD’s Chronically Homeless Definition through mostly “Yes” or “No” questions, providing an interactive way to help understand who meets the definition and what documentation requirements apply.
- Sample Chronic Homelessness Documentation Checklist – This sample checklist provides an optional way to help record Chronic Homelessness for those projects that need documentation of Chronic Homelessness (like a Permanent Supportive Housing program that exclusively serves the Chronically Homeless). This sample checklist would not be needed in projects where this requirement is not in place (like an Emergency Shelter). This tool is a sample, is not required by HUD, and has been provided in an editable format so communities may edit it and add to their current forms, if they wish.
In addition to these resources, you can also find the following resources on the Chronic Homelessness landing page:
- Notice CPD-16-11: Prioritizing Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Other Vulnerable Homeless Persons in Permanent Supportive Housing
- Criteria and Benchmark for Achieving the Goal of Ending Chronic Homelessness
- Definition of “Chronic Homelessness” Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH): Defining “Chronically Homeless” Final Rule Webinar Slides
- HEARTH: Defining “Chronically Homeless” Final Rule
If additional questions arise that are not addressed by these resources, submit them online through the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the CoC AAQ portal, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.