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5 Minute Requests
6.7.19

 

At Homeward, we use data from conversations with people in crisis to guide our planning and support functions for the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care.

"5 minute requests" addresses specific questions asked by our partners or potential partners about the experiences of subpopulations experiencing homelessness or potential overlaps between homeless services and other systems of care.

In 2019, we want to share these insights with all of you. We hope you find our “5 minute requests” useful and invite you to submit suggestions for future data insights to 5minuterequests@homewardva.org. These newsletters will also be archived on the Homeward website at
http://homewardva.org/data/5-minute-requests

Since 2016, HUD has required communities to submit System Performance Measures (SPMs). Data on emergency shelters (ES), Safe Havens (SH), transitional housing (TH), street outreach (SO), and permanent housing (PH) is reported by Homeward reported once a year, typically in late May. For the next couple issues of 5 Minute Requests, we will highlight several of the findings from the report.

Because some of the definitions/data requirements have changed over time, information about the past three years is discussed below. The time period covered is October 1 – September 30 for the reports.

Since FY2016, the length of time (measured by the number of nights they spent in shelter) people have been homeless has decreased fairly consistently.
 

ES: emergency shelters , SH: Safe Havens, TH transitional housing, SO: street outreach  PH: permanent housing 
 
This metric looks at clients who exited various project types (SO, ES, TH, SH, and PH) to stable housing in the past two years e in order to examine whether they return to homelessness in <6 months, 6-12 months, or in 1-2 years. Typically, the largest % of returns occurs within the first six months after exiting to a permanent destination.

Overall returns to homelessness have remained fairly flat – between 23-26%. 

 
ES: emergency shelters , SH: Safe Havens, TH transitional housing, SO: street outreach  PH: permanent housing 
 
The number of people served in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and outreach for the past three years changed most dramatically between 2016 and 2017. 2017 was the first year in which The Healing Place’s transitional programs were not included from the Housing Inventory Count, and this was a primary cause of the decrease. What we hope to see with these numbers is that the system is able to serve more people throughout the years because of reduced lengths of time in shelter.
 
ES: emergency shelters , SH: Safe Havens, TH transitional housing, SO: street outreach  PH: permanent housing 
Our mailing address is:
Homeward
9211 Forest Hill Ave
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Richmond, VA 23235
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