|Equation||(# families placed in crisis housing) x (% of these renters obtain their apartment solely because of this program) x (# length of crisis housing stay) x ($ value of an efficiency apartment)|
|Explanation||This metric estimates the impact of crisis apartments on avoided rental costs for individuals experiencing domestic violence. This metric measures the value of the housing only; other benefits generated by these programs are captured in other metrics. Crisis apartments, for the purpose of this metric, include relocation services that result in housing or direct housing support.|
Number of families placed in crisis housing: Reported by program
Percentage of these renters who obtain their apartment solely because of this program: [% of participants who obtained an apartment], estimated by the Constellation Fund staff for each program. We usually use 100% for programs serving individuals at imminent risk or after identified as victims.
Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families. 50% of women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness, according to Theresa’s Fund, Domestic Shelters. (2014).
Length of housing stay: [# Months], estimated using data from program participants
$ value of an efficiency apartment: [$1,161], average monthly rent for apartments in the Twin Cities metropolitan area (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2017). Use actual program data whenever available.
Note: discount to present value if length of stay is more than 3 years.
|References||Theresa’s Fund, Domestic Shelters. (2014). Domestic Violence Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/faq/domestic-violence-statistics|
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2017). Comprehensive housing market analysis. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota-Wisconsin. Retrieved from https://www.huduser.gov/portal/publications/pdf/MinneapolisMN-comp-17.pdf