Communities nationwide are working tirelessly to end homelessness. Recently, these efforts have been concentrated on ending homelessness for two subpopulations—veterans, and the chronically homeless.
To do so, many communities are recognizing the need to develop, maintain, and use a by-name list (BNL), a continually updated snapshot of all individuals experiencing homelessness within that subpopulation in that area.
In order to be an effective tool, a by-name list must be as refined and accurate as possible. However, problems are arising with the validity of BNLs—many communities are ending up with lists that are cluttered and inaccurate due to the fact that it is difficult to determine and document eligibility for both homeless veterans and the chronically homeless. This can defeat the purpose of a by-name list.