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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.
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
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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and those hard copies we have are prized as historical documents.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).