Homelessness Data, Chronic Homelessness, and # Chronic Homeless Housed

Desired Result:   Below Target

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Analysis of Performance

  • This is a quarterly metric.
  • The Northern Colorado Continuum of Care (NoCO CoC) reports all data to the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), so these numbers reflect more robust and complete data than was available previously. (i.e. increases in numbers are expected as additional providers enter their client data in HMIS.) 
  • Data sourced from the HMIS lead agency, Homeward Alliance. 
  • Total number of clients enrolled in the HMIS across Fort Collins was 2,955 in Q2. 
  • The total number of people experiencing chronic homelessness (6 months or more) was 764 in Q2. 
  • 23 people experiencing chronic homelessness were exited into permanent housing in Q2. 
  • Data is evaluated based on comparison to prior quarter. 
  • The dashboard, and more detailed information on this data, can be found at https://tinyurl.com/22r735ee

  • Recent data analysis by the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) team at Homeward Alliance showed that an estimated 30% of people experiencing chronic homelessness represented in this measure likely do not live in Fort Collins. About 30% of the 764 accessed services here only once and accessed services in other municipalities more frequently.
  • According to this data analysis, it is estimated that a more accurate number of people experiencing chronic homelessness in our community is 535.

Metric Definition
In partnership with Homeward Alliance, data for this metric comes from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which is utilized by agencies across the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care. https://www.nocococ.org/
Why Is This Important?
This is important because the data helps us understand who is experiencing homelessness and to deliver efficient services from our response system. It helps us understand unique categories of people in the system, know who is eligible for existing resources, and find opportunities for targeted services to fill gaps.
City Organization Impact on Performance

Medium – The City Organization has a medium impact on the performance of this metric due to the amount of resources committed to homelessness initiatives in general, and funding of the Homelessness Lead Specialist position specifically.

Benchmark Information
No applicable benchmarks—data and dashboard specific to Fort Collins, although we may set our own benchmarks in the future.