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By Name List details

A By Name List (BNL) allows your community to know who is currently homeless, but also to understand the inflow into your system (the number of people becoming homeless each month) and the outflow from your system (the number of people obtaining permanent housing or otherwise leaving your system each month).

Its purpose is to:

In creating a BNL, homelessness service providers working together at local or city level agree to:

By Name Lists provide individual-level data on homeless people that can be used by providers to better co-ordinate and structure their multi-agency work.  Through case conferencing – local agencies and organisations work together to review new clients, assign a lead person (e.g. a case manager) to specific clients, refer individuals for housing or another homeless service, or conduct other activities to facilitate the effective flow of people through the system.

Individual-level data is maintained locally, in accordance with all privacy and data protection laws.  A specific client’s identifying information is only included on the list once she/he has signed an appropriate consent form and it can only be accessed by people and organisations covered by the consent form.

By Name Lists also provide aggregate level data, in the form of dashboards for the entire homeless population. These dashboards track inflow into homelessness, people actively experiencing homelessness, people moving into housing, and people who simply disappear from the system or go inactive. For a breakdown of these categories, please click here.

For an example of a By Name List dashboard click here. See how this data can also help a city track and improve its progress towards ending homelessness.

You can use this Scorecard to determine the extent to which your city has a By Name List.

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