Currently HMIS, SEAs and LEAs provide most of the data we have on homeless children. Participants requested that housing status be included among the data collected by mainstream programs, such as child care, TANF, or SNAP, so that we can learn more about homeless children and their families.
National surveys could also include questions on housing status. In Massachusetts, a question about housing status was added to the CDC’s biannual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) survey. Other national surveys where housing status could be included are the National Longitudinal Health Survey and the American Community Survey. Housing status could also be included in other research studies, such as HIV/AIDS, or studies sponsored by NIH or other Federal agencies funding research.