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    The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress Part 2: Estimates of Homelessness in the United States

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Year: 2016

    In 2001, the U.S. Congress required that HUD fund communities to implement
    information systems to track the use of homelessness services, with the
    understanding that ending homelessness requires knowledge about the size
    of the problem and the way in which it affects different population groups. Two
    main HUD efforts supported the development of these systems. The first was the
    provision of technical assistance on conducting the Point-in-Time (PIT) count by
    communities, which continues today. The second established a set of standardized
    data that communities collect about people who use emergency shelters and other
    components of their homeless services systems, as well as system parameters for
    how this information is stored locally in Homelessness Management Information
    Systems (HMIS), secured, and disclosed.

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