1990 Census: Limitations in Methods and Procedures to Include the Homeless
This report responds to section 402 of Public Law 101-645, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990, which required the authors to assess the methodology and procedures used by the Bureau of the Census in counting the number of homeless persons for the 1990 decennial census. This report focuses on the Bureau's Shelter and Street Night (S-Night) operation, which was the primary effort designed to include selected components of the homeless population in the census. S-Night was not designed to, and did not, provide a complete count of the nation's homeless population. S-Night was designed to count selected components of the homeless - those persons in preidentified shelters and visible at designated street and other locations. Moreover, the street count results from S-Night do not represent a complete count of the homeless street population (Authors).
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