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Homelessness Analytics Initiative

Homelessness Analytics is an Internet tool developed through a collaboration between the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Free and accessible to the public, the application uses a map-based interface to provide users with easy access to information about homelessness and related factors, including VA homeless assistance resources. Users can explore maps, create customized tables, generate charts and funnel data into spreadsheets or databases to conduct independent analyses. Other functions include modeling features that allow users to simulate expected changes in homelessness given changes in underlying indicators at the community level. For example, a user can create a model of the relationship between median rent costs and the rates of homelessness in a specific region to better understand how changes in the housing market could impact homelessness.

Homelessness Analytics contains data compiled from dozens of sources, including the American Community Survey, the Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, HUD’s Fair Market Rents, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service Program.

For more information, visit the Homeless Analytics website

Contact: Thomas Byrne, PhD / tbyrne@bu.edu 

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