On Target

Exits to Permanent Housing


49% of exits to Permanent Housing | Context: While at the shelter, a Durham resident might be referred to a case manager for a Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Program. Once the Durham resident is in RRH, they are not in the shelter anymore. But they are still in the Continuum of Care. The RRH case manager works with the Durham resident to help them find housing. Once they find housing, we say that the Durham resident has “exited to permanent housing.”


For the year ending September 30, 2019, 60% of persons leaving emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rapid rehousing were successfully housed.  This is an improvement from the prior year (55%).  Durham's exits to permanent housing is above (favorable) the national average for exits to permanent housing of 41%. Durham's exits to permanent housing is also above (favorable) both the averages for the State (43%) and for similar sized communities (31%) for which comparisons are made for exits to permanent housing.  Data for the year ending September 30, 2020 that has not been finalized and approved by HUD.  Preliminary data for the year ending September 30, 2020 is showing a substantial decrease in people exiting to permanent housing.  This decrease is due to a variety of factors including the lack of affordable housing units and a focus on serving people who have the highest barriers to accessing permanent housing. 

Next Steps

We are working with the Durham Housing Authority (DHA) to improve access to Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) for people experiencing homelessness.  We are also working with the Multi-Family team in Durham’s Community Development Department to increase access to units being developed using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, HOME funds, and Durham Housing Bond Funds.

Status Indicators: On Target On Target | Close to Target Close to Target | Needs Improvement Needs Improvement | Target Pending Target Pending