When a service is created with a Type of "Residential: special needs and non-special needs" or "Residential: special needs", additional Housing Option fields will display when setting up its service items. These fields allow administrators to associate bed and unit inventory information with a service item. This information can be used to report on bed utilization, when housing services are used to track clients' use of housing services. Housing Options also contains the Reservations Options setting, which is used to set up reservation services.
Note: the inventory fields in Housing Options are separate from the Bed & Unit Information maintained at the program-level.
After creating a service, create the service item(s) for the service. To create a service item, click Add Item.
This will take you to the Services: Item Detail section. For information on completing the standard service item fields, see Creating and Editing Service Items. In addition to the standard fields, a Housing Options section will display.
Housing Options Fields
Information Date: the date the information was added.
Service Type: the type of housing service. If Emergency Shelter is selected, then two additional data fields will appear:
- Bed Type: "Facility-based", "Voucher", or "Other"
- Availability: "Year-round", "Seasonal", or "Overflow"
Household Type: the type of households served.
Inventory Type: the type of bed the service is dedicated to ("N/A", "Chronic Homeless Bed Inventory (PSH Only)", "Veteran Bed Inventory", "Youth Beds Inventory")
- If "Youth Beds Inventory" is selected, an additional Youth Beds Inventory Type field displays with drop-down options ("Only under Age 18", "Only ages 18 to 24", "Only youth under age 24 (both of the above)")
Bed and Unit Inventory: the number of beds and units being provided.
Reservation: if the service item Delivery Type is "Daily Attendance", a Reservation toggle displays. When this option is enabled, clients are first reserved to the service and then either marked "Present" or "No Show". For more information on configuring reservation services, see Service Item Housing Options: Reservations.
After saving your service item, be sure to configure the service's Program Options section.