The Housing Assistance Screening Tools: Overview

The two Housing Assistance Screening Tools offered by CSDA are triaging tools to support better outcomes and prioritise resources for the highest-need housing clients in United States jurisdictions.

The Housing Assistance Screening Tool (HAST) is designed for use with Housing Management Information System (HMIS) data and client survey data:

  • Accurately identifies at-risk clients
  • Respects privacy and minimizes intrusive questions
  • Can eliminate reliance on self-reported risk factors that might be stigmatizing
  • Supports better engagement with human services teams
  • Enables faster assessment of eligibility
  • Shorter waitlist and more certainty for clients
  • Allows resources to be directed towards the highest need
  • Potential to flag risk in Black and African American clients more accurately than off-the-shelf methods
  • Potential to operate with no evidence of race or age bias, positive discrimination for disability

The Housing Assistance Screening Tool (DW) (HAST(DW)) is designed for use with HMIS and Data Warehouse/administrative data:

  • Accurately identifies at-risk clients
  • Respects privacy and minimizes intrusive questions
  • Eliminates reliance on self-reporting
  • Supports better engagement with human services teams
  • Enables faster assessment of eligibility
  • Shorter waitlists and more certainty for clients
  • Allows resources to be directed towards the highest need
  • Can flag risk in Black and African American clients more accurately than off-the-shelf methods*
  • Can operate with no evidence of race or age bias, positive discrimination for disability*

Case Study:  Allegheny Housing Assessment Tools

The Centre for Social Data Analytics developed HAST and HAST(DW) tools for Allegheny County, PA (United States), where they have been used to support housing assistance decisions since 2020.

Read about how Allegheny Housing Assessment tool helping to make decisions ‘faster, more efficient’

Further details

Learn more about the Allegheny Housing Assessment tools:

Contact us

To find out more about whether HAST tools are right for your continuum of care service, please contact vivienne.hunt@csda.aut.ac.nz