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The geography of adult homelessness in the US: Validation of state and county estimates
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This study's respondents, 13,931 in the National Comorbidity Replication and the National Latino Asian American surveys shows geographic variations in the U.S. in lifetime occurrence of homelessness, the length of homeless experience, and point-in-time estimates based on a variety of indicators, including socioeconomic, demographic, and disability. To estimate county and state levels of homelessness, the study uses a small area estimation methodology. This study demonstrates high validity for the state estimates, but not for counties. Overall, the model generates a point-in-time estimate of adult homeless persons at 377,000, and an adult lifetime rate of 4.7% of the household adult population.
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