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Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:02:22 -0500
From: Sullivan, Brian E
To: 'Gardner Selby' <wgselby@statesman.com>

I wouldn't use that figure of 1:3...this is a chapter from NSHAPC (National Survey of Home Assistance Providers and Clients) in 1999...and the data is from 1996! We do this data collection and reporting so much better today. I'd use the 11 percent of all sheltered homeless adults figure from our 2009 study.

BTW, our Veteran Annual Homeless Assessment is coming out shortly...stay tuned.

Brian Sullivan
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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9:23 am, Dec. 22, 2010

Gardner, This report appears not to be available electronically and those hard copies we have are prized as historical documents. At the time, this survey of 76 areas was considered 'landmark.' By today's data collection and reporting standards, it's not considered terribly relevant. Although, it was groundbreaking at the time and serves as a basis for subsequent studies. I'll see if I can get an old copy but I'm not hopeful. Alternatively, you can reach out to the Urban Institute who helped to conduct the report...Dr. Martha (Marty) Burt.


I'm looking over my dog-eared copy of a summary report on the findings of NSHAPC (entitled "The Forgotten Americans - Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve"). There's a that shows that in 1996, veterans accounted for 13 percent of the U.S. adult population but accounted for 23 percent of all homeless persons. I can certainly fax you a copy of relevant veteran data).

HMIS only collects data among the so-called 'sheltered' population...those living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs. As we discussed, it's really impossible for HMIS to account for the unsheltered or street population.