September 21, 2018

Countdown to End Chronic Homelessness

Overview of the Countdown to End Chronic Homelessness Weekly Data Report

As Connecticut collaborates to end chronic homelessness in the state, we are releasing a weekly data report to showcase the data and progress made by the Coordinated Access Networks (CANs) as they work to meet the defined benchmarks.

Benchmark Goals

  1. Active Clients will have a verified CH Status within an average of 30 days from their BNL Active date – When clients are added to the BNL or made Active on the BNL, their CH status will be determined within 30 days on average.
  2. There will be no more than three individuals per CAN (or 24 total statewide) verified as Chronically Homeless and not yet housed at day 91 past verification – Our goal for functional zero is to have clients housed within 90 days of the date on which they are verified to meet the HUD criteria for chronicity homeless

Benchmark Definitions

Coordinated Access Networks (CANs)the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) defines coordinated access as a standardized, assessment and referral process to access community resources within a geographic region for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. 2-1-1 refers anyone experiencing a housing crisis to the CAN in the caller’s community. The CAN accesses available resources to address the client’s needs.

By Name List (BNL) – the BNL is a database that collects data on individuals entering in and out of the homeless system through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). This database allows service systems in the state to identify and coordinate care for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

Chronically Homelessthe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines chronic homelessness as an individual with a disability who is living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter and has been living in one of those locations for at least the last 12 months continuously or on at least four separate occasions in the last three years where the combined occasions total at least 12 months.  

Chronic Verified Status individuals who are marked active are those that meet the HUD criteria for chronic homelessness and are being tracked and managed on the BNL.