|Subject:||Reporter Query, Texas|
|Date:||Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:29:18 -0500|
On 12/28/2010 10:16 AM, Cunningham, Mary wrote:
> The AHAR differs in many ways than the previous estimates: (1) it
> only counts those seeking services from shelter (not unsheltered) (2)
> it is an annual number, not a point in time estimate, which means that
> it does overestimate chronically homeless people, a large share of
> which are veterans; (3) it does not include homeless veterans in the
> VA system (shelters, transitional housing, etc.) and therefore is
> likely an underestimate. (4) finally, it is a more updated number, as
> I mentioned the earlier estimates came from data in the mid-90s; there
> appear to be less homeless veterans now, for many reasons, including
> better counts and an aging population (5) finally veterans do not
> always identify as such for various reasons.
> I think the AHAR is probably the best estimate, but it is likely an
> underestimate. As I mentioned, I think Dennis Culhane has been
> working on updating this number and addressing many of the issues above.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gardner Selby [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tue 12/28/2010 10:54 AM
> To: Cunningham, Mary
> Subject: Re: FW: Reporter Query, Texas
> The figure in the latest AHAR is 11 percent, sheltered homeless, are
> veterans, though the report also has a 13 percent figure for veterans
> who are homeless. Stumps me why.
> W. Gardner Selby
> Editor, PolitiFact Texas
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> On 12/28/2010 9:20 AM, Cunningham, Mary wrote:
> > The one in three homeless men is a veteran is a number the VA used to
> > cite. I think it's outdated, as the numbers have changed
> > significantly since the mid-90s. (In part because data collection
> > methods have improved significantly). Another number is 1 in 4, found
> > here
> > (http://www.huduser.org/publications/homeless/homelessness/ch_2b.html).
> > This number is likely outdated as well.
> > I think Dennis Culhane at the University of Pennsylvania may have
> > updated numbers.
> > Mary