Early 2019 PIT reports; Follow-up on performance ranking; and more


Early PIT 2019 reports

Some early reports from Continuums around the country:
  • Oakland/Alameda expects to see a significant rise in unsheltered homeless
  • Humboldt County has released preliminary reports showing a doubling of the unsheltered count from 2017.
  • San Francisco expects a decrease from its last 2017 unsheltered count primary due to efforts at clearing out large encampments over the past two years.
  • Pasco County Florida has released a preliminary count showing a large decrease from over 2,400 in the 2017 to less than 700 in the 2019 enumeration.  Pasco County has received significant criticism that its previous counts have lacked validity.  The 2019 count number is thought to some advocates to be too much of an undercount.
 

PIT 2019: 60 CoCs still count odd years only

A review of HUD PIT count from 2017 and 2018 reveal that 60 CoCs or roughly 15% of Continuums continue to meet only the minimum HUD requirements for unsheltered enumeration- once every two years.  A total of 20 CoCs in California did not complete a count in 2018.  Other large CoCs not counting in 2018 include Portland, Georgia BOS, Colorado BOS, Baltimore City, and Albuquerque. Both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands did not submit a 2018 count primarily due to the hurricane aftermath.  The 60 CoCs represent approximately 25% of all unsheltered persons.
 

Feedback from Performance Rankings

The NHIP Continuum Performance Ranking based on the HUD SPM measures received a lot of interest from readers.  One of the higher-performing small cities noted that they were happy to see they fared well - since it's difficult to get a sense of comparison with other CoCs.  One reader from the West Coast emphasized that the SPM measures are problematic since many measures - especially recidivism depends on the efforts of outreach providers to determine if people lost their housing.  Also, many CoCs still have low HMIS participation.

The NHIP welcomes additional feedback from readers through email at nhipdata@gmail.com or through the CONTACT FORM on the website.

Living in a Van down by San Francisco

As part of the PIT count, the City of San Francisco Department of Homeless Services and Supportive Housing interviewed several dozen people living in cars and RVs in the city.  The West Coast has witnessed a large increase of working people living in cars and RVs with characteristics much different than typical shelter or unsheltered persons.  Highlights include:
  • Many people in cars live several hours outside of the city and stay in their car during the week to eliminate the multi-hour commute.
  • Most RV dwellers do not desire services from the homeless department.  A total of 313 RVs were counted.
  • About half of those living cars or vans have expired licenses and vehicles that are in disrepair.
The NHIP highly recommends Continuum completing in-person interviews with the population of persons in cars, vans and RVs to understand the differences and to separate these populations in the PIT counts.  HUD should require separate of RV populations.  Many CoCs use estimation factors for cars and RVs that are inflating or undercounting people due to their inaccuracy- better information is needed.  CLICK HERE to read the article about the SF effort
  

NHIP Readership growing

The NHIP has grown from 600 subscribers to over 1,100 in three years.  Our three-months readership average is a little over 50% of subscribers with 624 readers in the most recent three-month period.  The NHIP continues as a volunteer, unfunded effort to expand knowledge of data, news, trends and important topics in the homeless service sector.  The NHIP remains the only source of homeless information that is not controlled by HUD or any government-sponsored entity.  It remains non-partisan and focuses only on efforts to improve services and enhance knowledge.


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National Homeless Information Project

Who's the Best? National Ranking of Continuum of Care performance


National Ranking of Continuums of Care

The NHIP has completed a ranking of Homeless Continuums of Care using data from system performance measures submitted in 2017.  The rankings divide CoCs into Higher, Average and Lower Performers with separate rankings for each of the three (3) geographic divisions of Continuums.  The NHIP cautions against reading too much into the ranking since many measures are not comparable due to differences in program allocation and resources in each community.  The goal of the rankings is to provide a general look at CoCs that appear to be high performing and communities in need of improvement.  The NHIP welcomes any comments about improving the rankings.  CLICK HERE to view the rankings and read the report.

HUD has identified selected CoCs as High Performing Communities based on its own criteria.  These listing appears not to be publicly available.  The NHIP feels that the HUD HPC criteria are too stringent considering the quality and gaps present with the data, especially the lack of consistent enumeration of unsheltered individuals and the lumping together of transitional and emergency facility data.  The NHIP also believes that length of stay is less important than HUD emphasizes since there are clinical and placement considerations.  The report shows the performance thresholds utilized for the rankings.  Below is a summary list of the higher performing CoCs for each geographic category.

Best Big City CoCs

1.  New Orleans (LA-503)
2.  Virginia Beach (VA-503)
3.  Boston (MA-500)
4.  Nashville (TN-504)
5.  Miami/Dade County (FL-600)
6.  Sacramento (CA-503)
 

Best Small City CoCs

1.  Jackson/West Tennessee (TN-507)
2.  Paterson/Passaic, New Jersey (NJ-511)
3.  Wichita Falls, TX (TX-624)
4.  Rockford, IL (IL-501)

Best Balance of State CoCs

1. Ohio Balance of State (OH-507)
2.  North Carolina Balance of State (NC-503)

Rankings are provided for 364 CoCs with 30 CoCs unable to be ranked due to missing data on one or more performance measures. The NHIP also emphasizes that even the best run Continuums may have little impact on the new flow of persons into homelessness which is caused by macro-social and economic trends including continued increase in the formation of single adult households.  Increasing or decreasing total homeless numbers does not necessarily reflect service quality.


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Copyright © 2018
National Homeless Information Project


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