HDX Public Reports


Build an AHAR Community-Level Report:

These reports on sheltered homeless persons are based on local data submitted to the 2007 and 2008 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). The AHAR is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America, prepared by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons.


The reports are meant to be a resource for stakeholders in each community to view their data in a variety of user-friendly tables and charts. The reports are based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about homeless persons who used emergency shelters or transitional housing programs. The data are collected in four categories: Persons in Families in Emergency Shelters, Individuals in Emergency Shelters, Persons in Families in Transitional Housing, and Individuals in Transitional Housing. Families are defined as any household that includes at least one adult over 18 years old and one child who is younger than 18 years old. All other persons, including those in multi-person households consisting of only adults or only children, are reported as single individuals.

These reports do not include or purport to extrapolate about persons that are served by “victim service providers” including rape crisis centers, battered women’s shelters, domestic violence transitional housing programs, and other programs whose primary missions is to provide services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. These reports also do not include those who were living in places not meant for human habitation, such as on the street, in hotels or motels, or in doubled-up living situations, unless these persons also used emergency shelter or transitional housing. Reports can only be generated if a community participated in the 2007 and/or 2008 AHAR.

The following reports are available:
    ∙Comprehensive Report of Sheltered Homeless Persons; The comprehensive report pulls together all the reports listed below and includes a cover, table of contents, and introduction.

    ∙Total Extrapolated Counts of Sheltered Homeless Persons; This report provides the estimated homeless counts during a one-year period. It shows the total estimated yearly count for each reporting period, extrapolated point-in-time counts, estimated utilization and turnover rates, and estimated counts by household types.

    ∙Two-Year Comparison Counts of Sheltered Homeless Persons; This report shows the percentage change of the 2008 community data compared to 2007 community data. This report is only available where communities submitted data in both years.

    ∙Demographics of Sheltered Homeless Persons; This report provides the percentage of persons reported in categories by gender of adults, gender of children, ethnicity, race, age, persons by household size, veteran status (adults only) and disability status (adults only).

    ∙Prior Living Situations of Sheltered Homeless Persons; This report shows the percentage breakdowns of the prior living situation data in each category. The data is categorized by living arrangement from the night before program entry. Living arrangements are categorized by homeless situations, housing situations, institutional settings, and other settings. This report also shows the percentage of the stability of the previous night’s living arrangement and the zip code of last permanent address.

    ∙Length of Stay of Sheltered Homeless Persons; This report provides the percentage breakdown of length of stay for individuals and families in Emergency Shelter and transitional housing. In each category an individual percentage is given for a specific length of stay as well as a cumulative percentage that show the individual percentages accruing.

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