Measure 2 of the System Performance Measures is relatively complex, and it takes several items into account.
1) The clients included in the percentage return.
Measure 2 uses the reporting timeframe and then looks back two years for potential clients to include as a return to homelessness. It has clients that exited to a permanent housing destination from Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Housing (including Rapid Rehousing).
2) The projects that trigger a return to homelessness change depending on when the client is enrolled in a new project after being exited to a permanent housing destination.
- 0-6 months after an exit to a permanent housing destination, a return to homelessness is triggered when a client is enrolled in an Emergency Shelter or Transitional Housing project.
- 6-24 months after an exit to a permanent housing destination, a return to homelessness is triggered when a client is enrolled in an Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing project, or Permanent Housing project.
- Enrollments into a Coordinated Entry, Services Only, and Other type projects do not trigger a return to homelessness.
3) The report looks at the first exit to permanent housing to calculate if a client has returned to homelessness.
4) If the client exits from Transitional Housing or Permanent Housing, a return to homelessness will not trigger unless the new enrollment falls on or after 14 days since the exit.
HUD provides a helpful example in its programming specifications, on page 20.