TITLE

Counting the Impossible: A Research Note on Using Inferential Statistics to Enumerate Homelessness in Georgia

AUTHOR(S)
Priestley, Jennifer Lewis; Massey, Jane
PUB. DATE
April 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Public Management & Social Policy;Spring2011, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p85
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Objective: Using inferential statistics, we develop estimates of the homeless population of a geographically large and economically diverse state - Georgia. Methods: Multiple independent data sources (2000 U.S. Census, the 2006 Georgia County Guide, Georgia Chamber of Commerce) were used to develop Clusters of the 159 Georgia counties. These clusters were used as "strata" to then execute stratified sampling. Homeless counts were conducted within the sampled counties, allowing for multiple regression models to be developed to generate predictions of homeless persons by county. Results: In response to a mandate from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the State of Georgia provided an estimate of its unsheltered homeless population of 12,058 utilizing mathematically validated estimation techniques. Conclusions: Utilization of statistical estimation techniques allowed the State of Georgia to meet the mandate of HUD, while saving the taxpayers of Georgia millions of dollars over a complete state homeless census.
ACCESSION #
83191963

 

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