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Shelter Data

The numbers displayed below represents the most current data in the state's Homeless Managment Information System, or HMIS. The HMIS database is used to collect, track and share demographic information on Rhode Islander's who experience homelessness, use our shelter system or are at risk of losing their housing. 

Homelessness Data

The numbers displayed below represent the most current data in the Rhode Island Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Management Information System, or HMIS. The HMIS is used to collect data related to demographic, program enrollment and service delivery for  Rhode Islander's who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Please keep in mind that some program utilization rates have been impacted by COVID-19.

*Please note the data displayed is pulled in real time from our database and may take a few moments to load.

The number displayed above is a count of how many mainstream shelter beds are in use. This does not reflect shelter beds or transitional housing beds that have been set aside for survivors of domestic violence to preserve their privacy. 

The chart above compares the number of individuals entering and exiting each shelter program, per week, over the last four weeks.

This chart shows active entry/exit (E/E) type shelter and transitional housing (TH) programs' overall inventories compared to the number of persons currently enrolled in that program and how many open available beds that program currently has. Transitional housing projects typically provide shelter for up to 24 months. Not all programs are available year round. There are also programs that are only available on a seasonal or overflow basis.

Night-by-night (NBN) shelters see more turnover than others. Instead of enrolling clients for a period of time, these shelters conduct a night-by-night attendance. This chart shows how many available beds a shelter has compared to how many people stayed there the night before.

The chart above displays both bed utilization over the past 13 months and the average number of days people are spending in E/E and TH shelters.

The chart above displays both bed utilization over the past 13 months and the average number of days people are spending in the NBN shelters.  

Shelter is meant to be a temporary situation, with the ultimate goal of finding permanent housing opportunities for individuals. Housing Assessments are conducted and scored to determine acuity and the appropriate housing intervention type for households. It’s important that Shelter Program staff are conducting Housing Assessments to ensure that shelter stayers achieve permanent housing. 


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