Housing Recidivism

Measuring recidivism indicates a program’s success in ending homelessness as measured by the number of households who attain housing and do not re-enter/return to an emergency shelter subsequent to a successful housing outcome.  Programs should track the total number of households that exited the program with a successful housing outcome (as defined by the program) and had any shelter contact within two weeks to three months (or other specified time frame) of exiting from the program.  A lower rate is considered positive.  Programs might consider tracking the number of homeless episodes per client.

Surveys / Assessments


Sources Cited

Khadduri, Jill. 2005. Measuring the Performance of Programs that Serve Homeless People. Abt Associates Inc. http://www.cityofws.org/Assets/CityOfWS/Documents/forms%20and%20reports/HND/Measuring_the_Performance_of_Programs_that_Serve_Homeless_07-06-05.pdf

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Additional Resources

Urban Institute Metropolitan Housing & Communities Policy Center, http://www.urban.org/housing/index.cfm

National Alliance to End Homelessness: http://www.endhomelessness.org/