Note: This FAQ relates to HMIS, HDX


What is the goal of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress Part 2?

Date Published: November 2017

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The AHAR uses aggregate Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data from communities across the country, as well as information from Continuum of Care (CoC) program applications, to produce a national report on homelessness to the U.S. Congress. The AHAR is designed to:

  • Develop an estimate of the number of people experiencing homelessness nationwide;
  • Estimate the number of people receiving assistance in permanent supportive housing (PSH);
  • Create a descriptive profile of people experiencing homelessness and people residing in PSH;
  • Produce a greater understanding of service use patterns; and,
  • Estimate the nation’s capacity to house people experiencing homelessness.

The AHAR is based on an unduplicated count of people within each community, and focuses on people who use emergency shelters, transitional housing and/or permanent supportive housing. The HMIS data portion of the AHAR does not account for: (a) people experiencing homelessness who only use a supportive service program; (b) people in shelters that target victims of domestic violence, or; (c) people who are service resistant and do not access any type of homeless residential program during the study period.

View the most recent PDF of all the AHAR FAQs.

Tags: Data - General HDX AHAR - AHAR Overview HMIS HDX

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