Households Experiencing Long-Term Homelessness (Minnesota): Individuals who lack a permanent place to live continuously for a year or more, OR at least four (4) times in the past three (3) years. Any period of institutionalization or incarceration shall be excluded when determining the length of time an individual has been homeless.
- Doubled Up/Couch Hopping: Doubled up or couch hopping is considered an episode of homelessness if a person is doubled up with another household (and duration is less than one year) or couch hops as a temporary way to avoid living on the streets or an emergency shelter.
- Transitional Housing: Time spent in transitional housing (TH) is a neutral event. Housing history prior to or after transitional housing should be evaluated to determine if it meets the state’s LTH definition. For example, if a household was homeless eight (8) months prior to entering TH and four (4) months after existing TH, the household would meet the LTH definition.
- Exclude institutions and incarceration: Any period of institutionalization or incarceration shall be excluded when determining the length of time a household has been homeless.