Homelessness Data, Chronic Homelessness, and # Chronic Homeless Housed

Desired Result:   Below Target

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Analysis of Performance

  • The NoCO Continuum of Care now 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 2,493 in Q2. 
  • The total number of people experiencing chronic homelessness (6 months or more) was 647 in Q2. 
  • 63 people experiencing chronic homelessness were exited into permanent housing in Q2. 
  • Data is evaluated based on comparison to prior quarter. 

  • Although data from Q3 shows an apparent increase in overall numbers, this is largely due to the increasing number of agencies reporting their data into the HMIS system. Homeward Alliance, lead HMIS agency, believes these data inputs will slow by the end of the year, and more consistent, baseline data will be more easily established in 2022.

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.