Needs Improvement

Length of Time Homeless

Target

The target for the average length of time a person experiences homelessness in Durham is set at 90 days or less (based on federal standards from the United States Inter-agency Council on Homelessness).

Analysis

For the year ending September 30, 2019, the average length of time homeless in Durham was 104 days.  This is a slight improvement from the prior reporting year however this is short of the target of 90 days. Durham's length of time homeless is below (favorable) the national average for length of time homeless of 135 days, however Durham's length of time homeless is above (unfavorable) both the averages for the State (96 days) and for similar sized communities (86 days) for which comparisons are made for length of time homeless. 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 increase in the length of time homelessness.  This increase is due to a lack of housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and who earn 0%-15% of the Area Median Income (AMI) as well as the homeless system focusing its limited resources on helping those with the highest barriers to housing and longest length of time experiencing homelessness. 

Next Steps

We are working to improve our system to serve a wider range of people experiencing homelessness and increasing access to affordable housing options.  In late 2020 a new round of Housing Choice Vouchers became available to people experiencing homelessness and we currently working with the Durham Housing Authority to get them allocated to eligible households.

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