Shelter Calculator


Interactive Tool | May 26, 2009

Files: Emergency Shelter Calculator (XLSX | 12.4 KB)

Providing adequate emergency shelter capacity is a critical component of any strategy to prevent unsheltered (street) homelessness. This calculator illustrates the relationship between shelter demand, length of stay, and minimum required shelter bed inventory. It takes the annual demand for shelter and average length of stay as inputs and produces estimates of minimum shelter inventory as outputs. The calculator is for illustrative purposes and does not take into account:

• Unused shelter capacity (100% occupancy rate assumed)

• Unmet shelter need

• Seasonal variation.

Because families are generally not served in facilities for individuals (and vice versa), there are separate inputs and outputs for families and individuals. The calculator also allows the side-by-side comparisons of two different scenarios.