Definition of chronic homelessness
According to HUD, a person is chronically homeless if he/she has at least one disabling condition and has experienced a continuous year of homelessness or has had four episodes of homelessness over the last three years. A family can be considered chronically homeless if the above conditions apply to the head of household.
Definition of Housing First
In the Housing First approach, eligibility criteria is minimal, the housing provided is not time limited, and while tenants are proactively engaged, services are voluntary and housing is not contingent on participation in services. Housing First models are low-barrier, permanent, supportive housing programs that minimize eligibility criteria. For example, Moore Place is a single-site Housing First model.
Definition of Point In Time Count
The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night.