2018 Year End Data Report

Decade to Doorways’ vision requires ensuring that when someone becomes homeless their experience can be described as rare, brief, and non‐recurring. The measurements below provide a benchmark for tracking Decade to Doorways’ progress in the realization of this goal, and are part of HUD’s System Performance Measures.

The number of unique persons entering  Emergency Shelter (ES)  or  Transitional Housing (TH)  decreased significantly, from 1,223 in 2017 to 1,054 in 2018.

The number of unique persons entering Emergency Shelter (ES) or Transitional Housing (TH) decreased significantly, from 1,223 in 2017 to 1,054 in 2018.

The majority of individuals access  ConnectPoints  via telephone calls, email or text message. CP also provides on‐site outreach services to persons who may have difficulty utilizing other access points. All phone calls, emails, text messages, outreach services, and in‐person visits count as a “call.”

The majority of individuals access ConnectPoints via telephone calls, email or text message. CP also provides on‐site outreach services to persons who may have difficulty utilizing other access points. All phone calls, emails, text messages, outreach services, and in‐person visits count as a “call.”

In 2018, 756 unique households were placed on the emergency shelter queues.

In 2018, 756 unique households were placed on the emergency shelter queues.

Once prioritization has been completed, persons who cannot be immediately referred to shelter due to capacity constraints are placed on the emergency shelter queues. The Decade to Doorways system maintains three separate emergency shelter queues.

2018 YED Overview ES PSH LOS.PNG

Emergency shelter is a crucial component of Chester County’s homeless crisis response system. However, it is important that shelter not be seen as a destination, but rather a part of a larger process that rapidly exits persons experiencing homelessness to permanent housing destinations. D2D is committed to a Housing First approach to homeless crisis intervention as it reduces the length of time people remain homeless and creates a more effective and equitable system.

For the full report: 2018 Decade to Doorways Data Review


As of 2017, Chester County has a population of approximately 519,000*. Of that, approximately 32,800 people live below the poverty level.* The data shared in the links below depicts those that have utilized the services of our Chester County providers, but it barely touches the surface as to the need in the county. This data does not include people who live in “doubled-up” housing or people on the verge of homelessness.

*Data from the Chester County at a Glance data sheet