Here are HUD's instructions on Entry Dates:

  • Emergency Shelter: Night the client first stayed in the shelter. Night by night shelters will have a project start date and will allow clients to reenter as necessary without “exiting” and “restarting” for each stay for a specified period. 
  • Safe Haven and Transitional Housing: Date the client moves into the residential project (i.e. first night in residence). 
  • Permanent Housing, including Rapid Rehousing: Date the client was admitted into the project. To be admitted indicates the following factors have been met: 
    • Information provided by the client or from the referral indicates they meet the criteria for admission; 
    • The client has indicated they want to be housed in this project; 
    • The client is able to access services and housing through the project. 

The expectation is the project has a housing opening (on-site, site-based, or scattered site subsidy) or expects to have one in a reasonably short amount of time. 

  • Other Service Projects (including but not limited to: Services Only, Day Shelter, Homelessness Prevention, Coordinated Entry): Date the client first began working with the project and generally received the first provision of service.