HUD AAQ #63403: HMIS Data Entry for CoC Rental Assistance in Non-Cash Benefits?

Question Related To: Homeless Management Information Systems

Question ID: 63403

Question Subject: HMIS Data Entry: CoC Rental Assistance in Non-Cash Benefits?

Question Text:
For the purposes of HMIS data entry for a CoC funded PSH project, should the amount the client receives (landlord receives as rent) as a housing subsidy from that same PSH provider be entered into the Non-Cash Benefits section into HMIS?  If so, should this be recorded at the Entry Date or the first Interim Review Date?

The non-cash benefits data element is intended to collect information about non-cash mainstream benefits.  The rental assistance referred to in this data element only includes rental assistance provided to participating clients from non-CoC funded resources (i.e. Section 8, public housing).  Since all of your participants are receiving rental assistance from your CoC funded project, you would not record "rental assistance" under the non-cash benefits data element.