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Washington State Homeless System Performance Reports provide information on critical homeless system performance measures including several of the HEARTH Homeless System Performance Measures using the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s reporting specifications. The Homeless System Performance Reports also provide other contextual information about a community’s homeless crisis response system.

Washington State Homeless System Performance Reports

Published annually, the County Report Card and Year to Year Comparison provide performance outcome results for Washington State as a whole, and for each County.  Data from all homeless housing projects that participate in HMIS are included in these reports.  

The County Report Card

Map of Washington State CountiesThe County Report Card provides information by county on system-wide performance measures including exits to permanent housing, returns to homelessness, length of time homeless, and cost per exit to permanent housing. The County Report Card is embedded in an interactive map, which allows you to review performance outcome results for the reporting period. 

 

Year-to-Year Comparison

Chart of Total Project Entries for All Counties, and Point in Time (PIT) Trend for All Counties.Year to Year Comparison table provides information by county on system-wide performance measures for each year.  It also includes contextual information such as PIT Count results and rental vacancy rates. The interactive table allows you to see trends over time. 

Dashboards

Published quarterly, project-type specific dashboards provide performance outcome results for counties as a whole, for each agency, and for each project.  At this time, only counties that are included in the Balance of State Continuum of Care are included in project-type dashboards.

The purpose of the Homeless System Performance Reports is to promote evidence-based housing interventions that efficiently move people experiencing homelessness into permanent destinations and to improve county data reporting. These system goals are outlined in the Homeless Housing Strategic Plan.

Additionally, these reports provide communities with information regarding their progress towards locally established performance benchmarks.

Because each community has established performance benchmarks using local baseline data, it is not appropriate to compare the performance outcomes of different counties.

Data Gathering: People experiencing homelessness give information to homeless housing service providers. Data Entry: Homeless housing service providers collect and input data in HMIS and other reporting tools. Data Analytics: Commerce collects, organizes, and analyzes state-wide data from HMIS and other reporting tools. Data Visualizations and Reporting: Commerce creates reports and data visualizations. Data Clean Up: Commerce and homeless housing providers work together to improve data quality.

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is the data source for most of the information used in our performance reports. HMIS is used by homeless housing service providers to collect and manage data gathered during the course of providing housing assistance to people experiencing homelessness.

Other Sources

Annual County Expenditure Report (The Golden)

Each county in Washington State reports all expenditures by funding sources for each homeless housing projects in their community. Commerce combines expenditures data with HMIS data to create The Golden Report (alternate link). 

Annual Point-In-Time Count (PIT)

Each county in Washington State conducts an annual point-in-time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. The census is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The PIT Count takes place in January.

For detailed information about HEARTH Homeless System Performance Measures, please refer to the HUD reporting specifications and HUD CoC performance training videos.