Definition of Terms

Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

» Household Type

  • FAM: Families with children under 18 yrs
  • IND: Individuals
  • YOUTH: Unaccompanied youth under 18 yrs

» Program Type

  • ES: Emergency Shelter
  • SH: Safe Haven (a no/low threshold housing or shelter setting for persons with mental health conditions)
  • TH: Transitional Housing
  • PSH: Permanent Supportive Housing
  • OPH or PH: Other Permanent Housing or Permanent Housing. May or may not offer case management services.

» Utilization

  • Utilization: Program occupancy, usually at a point in time. For the AHAR, utilization rate indicates the percentage of beds occupied on an average night during the reporting year.
  • Annual Bed Turnover: The average number of persons served per program bed during the year.
  • Bed Coverage Rate: The proportion of beds covered by the CoCs HMIS, of all beds available within the CoC. Typically domestic violence shelters may not be covered; and sometimes programs that don't receive federal or state funds aren't covered. High bed coverage rates generally indicate more accurate and reliable data.
  • Reporting year: The AHAR is reported based on the federal fiscal year (FFY), which begins on October 1st and extends to September 30th of the following year.

Note: Occupancy, turnover and bed coverage rates may not be available for Veteran-Only beds. Sometimes there is insufficient information to calculate these rates for Veteran-Only beds.

HUD Continuum of Care Dashboard

» Populations and Subpopulations

  • Adult-Only Households includes single adults, adult couples with no children, and groups of adults.
  • Families with Children include households with one adult and at least one child under age 18.
  • Unaccompanied Youth includes persons under age 18, including children in one-child households, adolescent parents and their children, or other household configurations.
  • Chronically homeless persons are adults who have a disabling condition and who have been homeless for one year continuously or at least 4 times in the previous 3 years. A family is considered chronically homeless if the Head of Household meets the chronic homeless criteria.
  • Unsheltered refers to living outside, on the streets, in abandoned buildings, in the woods, in a car, or other places not fit for human habitation.

» Programs and Places

  • CoC Projects: Emergency Shelter beds are not shown because they are not funded by HUD.
  • CoC Inventory: Mixed programs refer to programs that serve individuals, families and/or youth.