What triggers a Return To Homelessness (SPM Measure 2)

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.

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