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Reports: Homelessness

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America: National Estimates
Voices of Youth Count, November 2017, 16 pp.
This report highlights results from a national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in America. The study captures youth homelessness broadly, including sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away, being kicked out, and couch surfing. Overall, findings show one in 10 young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year.   more info >

Homelessness in Minnesota, 2015 Study
Wilder Research, June 2017
Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness.   more info >

Evaluation of the Rental Assistance Pilot for Homeless or Highly Mobile Families with School-Age Children
Minnesota Department of Education, February 2017, 9 pp.
This evaluation assessed a rental assistance program aimed at ending homelessness among Minnesota students. The program stably housed 90% of the families served. Results show that the students with stable housing had better attendance than students facing homelessness, and that the students facing homelessness without rental assistance missed enough school to be considered chronically absent.   more info >

The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress and Supplemental Reports
US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, December 2016, 96 pp.
The 2016 AHAR presents the most recent national estimates of homelessness, focusing on people who experience homelessness by themselves, as family members, and as members of specific subpopulations. The AHAR is delivered each year to the U.S. Congress, and its contents are used to inform Federal, State, and local policies to prevent and end homelessness.   more info >

Homeless Veterans in Minnesota
Wilder Research, November 2016, 32 pp.
This report indicates that targeted efforts to reduce homelessness among military veterans appear to be paying off. The estimated number of veterans surveyed in the study decreased by approximately 27 percent from 2012 to 2015, which outpaces the overall decrease in the statewide homeless population.   more info >

Supportive Housing Outcomes in Minnesota
Wilder Research, May 2016
A study of supportive housing in Minnesota, including time-limited transitional housing and permanent supportive housing. The study looked at the characteristics of the programs and the populations they serve, outcomes achieved by participants over time, and the program models that appear to work best for participants.   more info >

Brain Injury in the Homeless Community - Where Do We Go from Here
Wilder Research, January 2016, 10 pp.
Summary of a dialogue intended to create ideas for more effective and sustainable approaches to the identification and support of people who are homeless and have brain injuries.   more info >

Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Evaluation
Urban Institute, December 2015, 212 pp.
Presents outcomes of the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration program and lessons learned from this initiative to end veteran homelessness.   more info >

Visible Child Initiative
Wilder Research, December 2015, 25 pp.
The Family Housing Fund's Visible Child Initiative created the Children's Mental Health Project to address trauma, teach positive parenting skills, and enhance the social emotional well-being of homeless children. The evaluation looks at the pilot project's effect on children and families. The Homeless Adolescent Parent Project involved talking to homeless adolescent parents to learn more about their experiences.   more info >

Prevention Programs Funded by the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 2015, 332 pp.
Describes prevention programs funded by the national Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. Identifies lessons learned for future efforts to prevent homelessness.   more info >

Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, July 2015, 308 pp.
This report presents the short-term outcomes of families enrolled in the Family Options Study, a multi-site random assignment experiment designed to study the impact of various housing and services interventions on homeless families.   more info >

Protecting Children From Unhealthy Homes and Housing Instability
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 2014, 5 pp.
Discusses the impact on children from unhealthy homes and housing instability and provides examples of two programs addressing these issues.   more info >

Hunger and Homelessness Survey: A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: A 25-City Survey
United States Conference of Mayors, December 2014, 112 pp.
Results of a survey of 25 U.S. cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, which includes data on the demand for food assistance, emergency shelter and transitional housing; the capacity to meet that demand; the causes of hunger and homelessness; efforts underway in each city to combat these problems; and the economic or social conditions that exacerbate these problems.   more info >

Homelessness in Minnesota, 2012 Study
Wilder Research, September 2014, 67 pp.
Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness. Also includes reports for the Fargo-Moorhead area, veterans, older adults, and other specific populations.   more info >

Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, May 2014, 152 pp.
Report, literature review, and brief on a study exploring the range of housing settings available to youth who age out of foster care. The report identifies opportunities to mitigate the risk of homelessness for this population and suggests opportunities for future research.   more info >

Nine Evidence-Based, Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness
Homeless Youth Collaborative on Developmental Evaluation, February 2014, 70 pp.
Set of principles that provide a cohesive framework that guides practice in working with homeless youth.   more info >

Hunger and Homelessness Survey: A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: A 25-City survey
The United States Conference on Mayors, December 2013, 120 pp.
Results of a survey of 25 U.S. cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, which includes data on the demand for food assistance, emergency shelter and transitional housing; the capacity to meet that demand; the causes of hunger and homelessness; efforts underway in each city to combat these problems; and the economic or social conditions that exacerbate these problems.   more info >

Heading Home: Minnesota's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness, December 2013, 56 pp.
A vision and plan to prevent and end homelessness, including action steps for state agencies and the private sector.   more info >

2 x 4 Quarterly Housing Indicators
Minnesota Housing Partnership, September 2013, 4 pp.
Quarterly reports from Minnesota Housing Partnership that report on four housing trends: rental market, owners' market, homelessness, and the housing industry.   more info >

Minnesota Housing Baseline Measures Annual Report
The McKnight Foundation and Housing Link, September 2013, 39 pp.
This annual report tracks Minnesota affordable housing statistics, including homeownership, gap financing, funding, ending homelessness, foreclosures, and green housing.   more info >

The 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress
US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, September 2013, 101 pp.
The 2012 AHAR presents the most recent national estimates of homelessness, focusing on people who experience homelessness by themselves, as family members, and as members of specific subpopulations. The AHAR is delivered each year to the U.S. Congress, and its contents are used to inform Federal, State, and local policies to prevent and end homelessness.   more info >

Heading Home Hennepin Five Year Report
Heading Home Hennepin, May 2012, 20 pp.
Reports on the progress made toward the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County community's 10-year plan to end homelessness by 2016. The report includes data on the homelessness rates, shelters, housing availability, and prevention and outreach efforts.   more info >

Promising strategies to end youth homelessness
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, April 2012, 91 pp.
Reports on the needs and characteristics of homeless youth, interventions, and implications for policy and program development.   more info >

Homelessness in Minnesota, 2009 study
Wilder Research, April 2012, 24 pp.
This is a comprehensive study of the causes, circumstances, and effects of homelessness in Minnesota. In October 2009, interviewers conducted face-to-face interviews with 4,570 people experiencing homelessness and living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, battered women’s shelters, and a variety of non-shelter locations. Reports include overall results and data on specific locations or populations, such as families and veterans. A report from a companion study of homelessness on Indian Reservations is also included. Every three years since 1991, Wilder Research has conducted a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse June 2011
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, June 2011, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Minneapolis Living Well sustainability report
City of Minneapolis, June 2011, 32 pp.
Highlights a wide variety of sustainability indicators for the City of Minneapolis. Includes data for 25 different indicators grouped by health, environment and vital community.   more info >

Homeless service use in Minnesota
Wilder Research, May 2011, 84 pp.
Annual reports from Minnesota's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Data describe shelter stay patterns and demographic characteristics of those served by HMIS programs, including emergency shelters and transitional housing.   more info >

Where we are now: Heading Home Hennepin 2011
Heading Home Hennepin, April 2011, 44 pp.
Summary of four years of work towards a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Hennepin County. It provides an update on the current status of efforts to eliminate homelessness and provides data to illuminate the context in which they are working.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse February 2011
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, February 2011, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Heading home: Minnesota's road map for ending homelessness
Heading Home Minnesota, February 2011, 107 pp.
This report begins with a discussion of who is homeless in Minnesota, and what the community has done to address homelessness over the past 25 years.  It sets out strategies and highlights best practices in combating homelessness.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse November 2010
Greater Twin CIties United Way and Twin Cities Compass, November 2010, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Housing the Homeless: North Dakota's 10-Year Plan to End Long Term Homelessness
North Dakota Interagency Council on Homelessness, November 2010
This is a progress report and series of recommendations on efforts to end long term homelessness in North Dakota.   more info >

Quarterly housing indicators
Minnesota Housing Partnership, October 2010, 4 pp.
The so-called "2x4" report tracks two trends in each of four key housing areas: the rental market, the owners' market, homelessness, and the housing industry.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse August 2010
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, August 2010, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Ending family homelessness: Lessons from communities
National Alliance to End Homelessness, July 2010, 8 pp.
This report provides an overview of family homelessness in the United States. It examines key strategies that communities are implementing to respond to increased family housing instability and homelessness and discusses the need for federal leadership.   more info >

Why they run: An In-depth look at America's runaway youth
National Runaway Switchboard, May 2010, 19 pp.
Examines a range of factors in the lives of runaway youth including family dynamics before leaving, demographics, how they get by, what caused them to leave home, and knowledge of available services. The report is based on ten years of data from the National Runaway Switchboard's Crisis Caller Trends report and interviews with youth.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse April 2010
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, April 2010, 4 pp.
Provides recent information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on unemployment rates, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Demographics of homelessness series: The rising elderly population
National Alliance to End Homelessness, April 2010, 8 pp.
This report provides an assessment of the recent and projected changes in homelessness among the elderly and assesses the ability of public affordable housing programs to handle this growth in elderly persons at risk of housing instability and homelessness.   more info >

Strategies for improving homeless people's access to mainstream benefits and services
Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, March 2010, 287 pp.
This study examines how communities have compensated for reductions in HUD funding for homeless-related resources and services from welfare, health, mental health, and other mainstream systems. It finds that communities that evolved smoothing, expanding, and changing mechanisms to reduce access barriers were most successful, although federal program regulations limit what local communities can do.   more info >

Homelessness in Minnesota, 2006 study
Wilder Research, September 2009, 61 pp.
This is a comprehensive study of the causes, circumstances, and effects of homelessness in Minnesota. In October 2006, interviewers conducted face-to-face interviews with people experiencing homelessness and living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, battered women’s shelters, and a variety of non-shelter locations. Reports include overall results and data on specific locations or populations, such as families and veterans. A report from a companion study of homelessness on Indian Reservations is also included. Every three years since 1991, Wilder Research has conducted a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs.   more info >

Emergency shelters, transitional housing, and battered women's shelters in Ramsey County
Wilder Research, February 2009, 62 pp.
These reports provide information on the use of emergency shelters, transitional housing, and battered women’s shelters in Ramsey County based on data provided by the shelters and housing programs.   more info >

The lost decade: Taking a closer look at Minnesota's public investments in the 2000s
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, December 2008, 36 pp.
This report looks at the status of Minnesota's investments in four areas of the budget that significantly impact the well-being of Minnesota families and are important for ensuring that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to succeed: early childhood through grade 12 education, higher education, child care assistance, and affordable housing and homelessness prevention.   more info >

Protective factors for academic achievement in homeless and highly mobile children: CURA Reporter
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, August 2008, 12 pp.
Researchers analyzed school data on homeless students in the Minneapolis Public Schools and studied young children in a homeless shelter. The results provide a picture of the academic achievement and school attendance of homeless students and identify protective factors for school success among this population.   more info >

Hunger and homelessness survey: A status report on hunger and homelessness in America's cities, A 23-city survey
The United States Conference of Mayors, December 2007, 72 pp.
Results of a survey of 23 U.S. cities, including St. Paul, which includes data on the demand for food assistance, emergency shelter and transitional housing; the capacity to meet that demand; the causes of hunger and homelessness; efforts underway in each city to combat these problems; and the economic or social conditions that exacerbate these problems.   more info >

Changing homeless and mainstream service systems: Essential approaches to ending homelessness
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development, September 2007, 46 pp.
This report from the 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research focuses on how federal policy and state and local action have stimulated the development of homeless assistance networks and how those networks are evolving to address ending homelessness. The authors present frameworks for assessing system change as well as describe promising practices from the field.   more info >

The applicability of Housing First models to homeless persons with serious mental illness
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, July 2007, 209 pp.
This report presents the findings from an exploratory study of the Housing First approach of providing permanent supportive housing to single, homeless adults with mental illness and co-occurring substance-related disorders.   more info >

Promising strategies to end family homelessness
National Alliance to End Homelessness, June 2006, 30 pp.
Highlights the strategies promising communities are using to accomplish the goal of ending family homelessness, including Hennepin County's program to help people rapidly exit from shelter .   more info >

Homelessness in Minnesota, 2003 study
Wilder Research, June 2006
This is a comprehensive study of the causes, circumstances, and effects of homelessness in Minnesota. In October 2003, interviewers conducted face-to-face interviews with people experiencing homelessness and living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, battered women’s shelters, and a variety of non-shelter locations. Reports include overall results and data on specific locations or populations, such as families and veterans. A report from a companion study of homelessness on Indian Reservations is also included. Every three years since 1991, Wilder Research has conducted a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs.   more info >

Strategies for preventing homelessness
Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, May 2005, 210 pp.
Identifies and documents effective community-wide homeless-prevention strategies implemented in six communities with the hope that other communities will carry out similar efforts.   more info >

Strategies for reducing chronic street homelessness
Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, January 2004, 384 pp.
Identifies and documents successful community-wide approaches to reducing homelessness and achieving stable housing for the difficult-to-serve people who routinely live on the streets.   more info >

Ending homelessness: The philanthropic role
National Foundation Advisory Group for Ending Homelessness, October 2003, 40 pp.
This guide includes a brief overview of homelessness in the United States, and outlines various strategic contributions that foundations can make to prevent and end homelessness.   more info >

Ending chronic homelessness: Strategies for action
United States Department of Health and Human Services, March 2003, 58 pp.
Recommendations for a Department of Health and Human Services approach to end chronic homelessness and improve the Department's ability to assist persons experiencing chronic homelessness.   more info >

Evaluation of continuums of care for homeless people, Final report
The Urban Institute: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, May 2002, 216 pp.
Examines Continuums of Care for homeless people throughout the United States, to understand their development, their current structure, and their likely future.   more info >

Homelessness: Improving program coordination and client access to programs
United States General Accounting Office, March 2002, 16 pp.
Discusses the federal approach to assisting homeless people, actions HUD has taken to overcome   administrative challenges, the inability of homeless people to access federal mainstream low-income programs, and issues to consider for  future homelessness policies.   more info >

What will it take to end homelessness?
Urban Institute, September 2001, 6 pp.
Provides information on factors contributing to homelessness, a description of the adult homeless population, the growth of the homeless service system, and recommendations for communities and legislators. Statistics are based on the 1996 National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients.   more info >

The impact of supportive housing on services use for homeless mentally ill individuals
Corporation of Supportive Housing, May 2001, 17 pp.
Measures the  extent of homeless mentally ill individuals’ dependence on an array of publicly funded emergency service systems,  and ascertains the degree to which this dependence is reduced by placement into service-enriched housing.   more info >

Homelessness in urban America: A review of the literature
Institute of Governmental Studies Press, University of California, Berkeley, November 1999, 74 pp.
Summarizes much of the current literature pertaining to the national homeless population, with a particular focus on urban homelessness, including information about the homeless themselves, causes of homelessness and responses to homelessness.   more info >

Web sites

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Information and reports related to supportive housing.   more info >

PATH Beyond Shelter
This agency's web page includes information on ending homelessness among families with children, service-enriched housing, and welfare to work. It includes links to other resources.   more info >

HUD Research Library
Includes reports, publications, periodicals, and data from HUD and other sources. Topics include: affordable housing, community development, homelessness, supportive housing, housing statistics, and more.   more info >

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Homelessness news, information, and links to homelessness resources from member agencies.   more info >

National Alliance to End Homelessness
Reports, organizations, Internet links and other information on homelessness.   more info >

The National Center on Family Homelessness
Research on homeless families.   more info >

National Coalition for the Homeless
Fact sheets, reports, current events, Internet links, and other information on homelessness.   more info >

National Health Care for the Homeless Council
News, events, research, and advocacy information on health-care issues related to homelessness.   more info >

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