Down for the Count: Overcoming the Census Bureau’s Neglect of the Homeless

While the Census Bureau has undertaken a series of innovations to better incorporate the homeless population in the national enumeration, these procedures continue to needlessly undercount this group. The enumerators who conduct the count fail to visit many locations with homeless populations. Census organizers often lack precise knowledge of local conditions and optimal methods of public outreach. The result, repeated each decade, is census data that fails to adequately reflect the size and distribution of the large population of United States residents who lack any ordinary housing.
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Categories: Homeless Counts, White Paper