Understanding inflow and outflow
Once your city or community has developed a robust By Name List and has 4-6 months of accurate data, you can use the BNL Dashboards to develop a deep understanding of homelessness by charting the following details.
- Monthly inflow into homelessness including the four distinct segments of inflow.
- The number of newly homeless (became homeless for the first time in the past month)
- The number of newly identified (individual or family has been homeless for more than a month but has reached the system for the first time in the past month)
- The number who have returned to the By Name List (individual or family had been put on the inactive list but has once again re-entered the homeless system)
- The number who have returned to homelessness (individual or family who had previously been homeless and secured permanent housing, but who has since lost that housing and returned to homelessness)
- Currently experiencing homelessness
- The total number of individuals and families who are currently homeless in a community. Including the most recent month’s inflow into homelessness
- The number of all prioritised individuals and families (a smaller list of individuals and families that have been assessed as requiring assistance to resolve their homelessness, have been homeless for 2+ weeks and have been prioritised for receiving the community’s housing and other resources)
- Monthly outflow from homelessness including the three distinct segments of outflow:
- The number of individuals and families who secured permanent housing during the month
- The number of individuals and families who are known to have otherwise left the homeless system (left the community, entered prison or other institution, died)
- The number of individuals and families who were moved to the inactive list after 90 days of no contact with the system