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Public Shelter Admission Rates in Philadelphia and New York City: The Implications of Turnover for Sheltered Population Counts
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  • Dennis P. Culhane, University of Pennsylvania
  • Edmond F Dejowski, City of New York
  • Julie Ibañez, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth Needham, University of Pennsylvania
  • Irene Macchia, City of Philadelphia
Document Type
Journal Article
Date of this Version
1-1-1994
Abstract
Previous estimates of the size and composition of the U.S. homeless population have been based on cross-sectional survey methodologies. National enumeration efforts have yielded point-prevalence estimates ranging from 0.11 to 0.25 percent of the population. This study reports data from shelter databases in Philadelphia and New York City that record identifiers for all persons admitted and so make possible unduplicated counts of users. Unduplicated counts of shelter users yield annual rates for 1992 of about 1 percent for both cities and rates near 3 percent over three years in Philadelphia (1990–92) and over five years (1988–92) in New York City. The annual rates are three times greater than rates documented by point-prevalence studies. Shelter bed turnover rates are reported, as are average monthly first admission and readmission counts over a two-year period. Implications for future research and public policy are discussed.
Comments
Reprinted from Housing Policy Debates, Volume 5, Issue 2, 1994, pages 107-140.

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Keywords
  • public shelters,
  • counts of shelter use,
  • shelter bed turnover
Citation Information
Dennis P. Culhane, Edmond F Dejowski, Julie Ibañez, Elizabeth Needham, et al.. "Public Shelter Admission Rates in Philadelphia and New York City: The Implications of Turnover for Sheltered Population Counts" (1994)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dennis_culhane/10/