Ending Chronic Homelessness

As part of the federal Opening Doors Initiative to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017, VHA is committed to helping the Commonwealth assist and house the most vulnerable of its homeless population.

Starting with the 2016 PIT count, HUD has issued a revised definition for “chronic” status individuals. VHA has devised sample questions and narrative guidance for PIT count surveys that incorporate the important aspects of the new definition.

Follow the link to access the recording of “Making the PIT work for you:  Using the PIT count to address chronic homelessness” from January 11, 2016.  Here is the webinar presentation to follow the audio.

Couple the PIT Count with a Registry Week.

Follow this Step-by-Step Guide coming out of the 100,000 Homes Campaign to learn how you can use this year’s PIT to develop a registry week or by-name list in your community.

Criteria and Benchmarks

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and its 19 federal member agencies released criteria and a benchmark that define what ending chronic homelessness should look like.

USICH Chronic Homelessness Criteria and Benchmarks