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Chronicity Decision Tool

This tool is designed to help determine whether an individual is chronically homeless based on the definition below:

1) A homeless individual with a disability who:

  • Lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter; and
  • Has been homeless (as described above) continuously for at least 12 months or on at least 4 separate occasions in the last 3 years where the combined occasions must total at least 12 months
    • Occasions separated by a break of at least seven nights
    • Stays in institution fewer than 90 days do not constitute a break

2) An individual who has been residing in an institutional care facility for fewer than 90 days and met all of the criteria in paragraph (1) of this definition, before entering that facility; or

3) A family with an adult head of household (or if there is no adult in the family, a minor head of household) who meets all of the criteria in paragraphs (1) or (2) of this definition, including a family whose composition has fluctuated while the head of household has been homeless.

This tool is based on the Flowchart of HUD's Definition of Chronic Homelessness

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