|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