By-Name Lists

The information and resources here are intended to answer questions and support your community to develop and sustain a quality By-Name List on your journey to ending chronic homelessness.

Keep checking back here as we will be regularly updating materials and adding further resources.

What is a By-Name List?

A By-Name List is a real-time list of all people experiencing homelessness in your community.  It includes a robust set of data points that support coordinated access and prioritization at a household level and an understanding of homeless inflow and outflow at a system level.  This real-time actionable data supports triage to services, system performance evaluation and advocacy (for the policies and resources necessary to end homelessness).

For further background information about By-Name Lists:

10 Steps to Create and Use a By Name List

This two-page 10 Steps to Create and Use a By-Name List document provides you with simple steps and links to further resources to help you develop, use and sustain a quality By-Name List.

10 Steps to Create and Use a By-Name List

By-Name List Scorecard 2.0 & Tools

The By-Name List (BNL) Scorecard is a self-assessment tool that assists you to take a snapshot of your local progress towards a quality By-Name List and identify areas for improvement. For an overview, see the BNL Scorecard 2.0 launch webinar or PowerPoint PDF.

By-Name List Scorecard Guide

By-Name List Scorecard 2.0 Guide

Start by reviewing the By-Name List Scorecard 2.0 Guide.  The Guide explains what the BNL Scorecard is and walks you through each question (including a full explanation along with tips and resources).


Complete the By-Name List Scorecard

 By-Name List Scorecard 2.0

Record your answers in the By-Name List Scorecard 2.0 and receive your score for Basic and Advanced Quality. The Scorecards & Tools document includes the following six tabs:

    • Tab #1: Instructions
    • Tab #2: About Your Community
    • Tab #3: By-Name List Scorecard 2.0
    • Tab #4: Coordinated Access Scorecard 2.0
    • Tab #5: Provider Participation Tool
    • Tab #6: Provider Participation Tool – Instructions and Results
  • Remember, your score is for improvement, not judgement. 
  • Take the Scorecard with others in your community – here are some ideas for Scorecard Group Exercises. Use the notes section to explain your answer and identify your next steps.  (Note: BFZ-C communities complete the Scorecard in the Change Package). The BNL Scorecard 2.0 is part of the Scorecards & Tools Google Worksheet (view only) that you can make a copy of to use for your community. 

Scorecard Tools:

By-Name List Sample Spreadsheets

By-Name List templates in Excel – examples you can download and customize for your community:

Privacy, Consent and Data Sharing

When we collect sensitive and personal information we have an obligation to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of the individuals whose information is collected.

20KHomes Campaign guidelines and tools for participating communities:
HIFIS 4 Guidance from ACRE:
  • Data Sharing and Privacy in HIFIS 4 (2018) – a 30-page document outlining what is shared and what isn’t.  The introduction is a must read in order to support understanding of the full document.    
Sample Consent and Data Sharing Agreements, Forms, & Materials from Communities:

Dufferin County:



  • Coordinated Entry System Process Guide
    • Multi-Agency Consent Form (see Appendix C)
    • By-Name List Identity Protection Process (see Appendix D)
    • By-Name List Addition and Consent Form (see Appendix H)

Waterloo Region:


Sample Data Dashboards

Its not just about having data through your BNL – its about how you display it to help make meaning in your community.  Below are sample data dashboards from a number of communities.

Coordinated Access – How It Connects

A By-Name List is the crown jewel of a strong Coordinated Access system (CA).  A CA is a way for communities to design, streamline and bring consistency to the process by which people experiencing homelessness access housing and services. A strong CA uses a housing first approach along with a standardized and coordinated process for access, assessment, prioritization and referral for housing and other services across all the agencies and organizations in a local area.

This short 3 minute OrgCode video explains the difference between a By-Name List, Coordinated Access List and Prioritization List (and how they work together).

Further information and resources to support your work in developing and improving coordinated access and prioritization processes can be found on the Coordinated Access page of this website.  

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