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Potential Analyses with Homelessness Data: Ideas for Policymakers and Researchers

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This short report is part of a study entitled Homelessness Data for HHS Mainstream Programs, that explored the extent to which states collect data on housing status and homelessness from applicants for the two largest HHS mainstream programs that may serve individuals or families experiencing homelessness:  Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Among other things, the study found that thirty states currently collect information on homelessness or risk factors for homelessness from applicants for TANF or Medicaid. Abt Associates developed some ideas for potential uses of this information for policymakers (especially at the state level) and researchers. This document summarizes ideas for data analysis that would help answer questions of interest to policymakers and researchers. [13 PDF pages]