The Homelessness Data in Health and Human Services Mainstream Programs study investigates which states currently collect housing status data from applicants for Medicaid and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the two largest HHS mainstream programs that may serve individuals or families experiencing homelessness. Information about data collected at application was collected in a survey of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The study found that thirty states currently collect information on homelessness or risk factors for homelessness from applicants for TANF or Medicaid. This report provides ideas for potential uses of this information for policymakers (especially at the state level) and researchers. The report summarizes ideas for data analysis that would help address three research areas that should be of interest to policymakers and researchers. Extent to which people who are homeless participate in TANF and Medicaid, whether or not TANF and Medicaid are protecting people from becoming homeless, and whether or not people experiencing homelessness are using TANF and Medicaid in ways that are different from other program participants.
Report Title: Potential Analyses with Homelessness Data: Ideas for Policymakers and Researchers http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/09/HomelessnessDataHHS/PotentialAnalyses/index.shtml
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation
Federal Contact: Flavio Menasce, 202-260-0384
Performer: Abt Associates Inc, Bethesda
Record ID: 9324.2 (Report issued December 1, 2009)