Thursday, January 18, 2018
Learn More about the CRS Assessment Tool
The interim-CRS is open to all households who meet the HUD definition of homeless and have incomes below 60% of the Area Median Income. The interim-CRS uses a "Vulnerability Index" assessment to rank applicants for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), with the most vulnerable households at the top. Applicants may remain in the interim-CRS if they meet the HUD definition of homeless and meet income criteria, but the more vulnerable persons will likely be offered housing before non-vulnerable.
HUD rules only allow PSH programs to serve people who are "literally homeless" (Category 1) or people who are homeless because they are fleeing domestic violence (Category 4). This interim-CRS uses the definition of Category 1 Homelessness used by HUD.
Category 1 - Literally Homeless
Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning: (i) Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation; (ii) Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs); or (iii) Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.
Category 4 - Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence
Any individual or family who: (i) Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence; (ii) Has no other residence; and (iii) Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.
The Vulnerability Index™ (VI) is an assessment tool used to identify members of the homeless population who are considered medically vulnerable and who will face an increased risk of mortality if homelessness persists. While the VI can be used on heads of families, CSH created a separate Family Vulnerability Index in partnership with supportive housing and family outreach providers to identify families at greatest risk for family separation and formal involvement with the child welfare system.
Family Vulnerability is characterized by length of literal homelessness and residential instability, involvement with child welfare and/or informal separation from children, number of children, and trauma history.
Frequently asked questions:
When will I be contacted with housing?
Unlike traditional waitlists, CRS is based on a household’s need for housing so the most needy households will always be contacted first. As households are submitting new applications every day, this means there is no real way to predict when you will be contacted by a housing provider.
How can I update my contact information?
At the top left corner of the CRS welcome page there is an "Update Waitlist Info" button. Click this button to update contact information.
Where am I on the list?
Unlike traditional waitlists, CRS is based on a household’s need for housing so the most needy households will always have priority for housing. As households are submitting new applications every day, this means there is no real way to predict where you are on the list.
How do I qualify for CRS housing?
The CRS survey questions will determine your eligibility and assess your need for available housing based on a vulnerability score but the housing provider may have their own additional criteria. To qualify for housing through CRS you must meet the HUD homeless definitions above and individual housing provider criteria.