GAO Report 12-182: Homeless Women Veterans: Actions Needed to Ensure Safe and Appropriate Housing (December 2011)
GAO Report 12-182, Homeless Women Veterans: Actions Needed to Ensure Safe and Appropriate Housing (December 2011), states that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) collects data on homeless women and on homeless veterans, but does not collect detailed information on homeless women veterans. These two federal agencies have been collaboratively working to collect data on homeless veterans for an annual report to Congress on homelessness. At the time of this study, neither the VA nor HUD collect data on the total number of homeless women veterans in the general population. Further, they lack data on the characteristics and needs of these women on a national, state, and local level.
Without more detailed data, VA does not have the information needed to:
- Plan services effectively.
- Allocate grants to providers.
- Track progress toward its overall goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.
According to knowledgeable VA and HUD officials that GAO staff spoke with, collecting data specific to homeless women veterans would incur minimal burden and cost.
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