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What do the terms sheltered, unsheltered mean in reference to homeless?

When one talks about the Homeless Count two words come up–sheltered and unsheltered.  These words are not defined by LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority) within the homeless count.  So what do they mean?  The 4 June edition of the Venice Update gave the Homeless Count which showed both sheltered and unsheltered.

LAHSA’s Sean Wright, without a title but works for LAHSA, provided the official terms and the unofficial terminology.

Underlined are the proper definitions LAHSA uses.  The others are definitions more commonly used.

Sheltered: An individual/family living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangement.   Homeless living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing, using motel/hotel vouchers, or a safe haven as define by HUD as a form of supportive housing that serves hard-to-reach homeless persons with severe mental illness who come primarily from the street and have been unable or unwilling to participate in housing or supportive services.

Unsheltered: An individual/family whose primary nighttime residence is public/private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.  These are people living on the street or in makeshift shelters (tents, boxes), motorhomes (RV), vans, or cars. 



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