This webpage is for the 2014 Montana Homeless Survey.
Past surveys can be reached by clicking on the following:
2013 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2013 Main Analysis Tool Page
2012 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2012 Main Analysis Tool Page
2011 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2011 Main Analysis Tool Page
2010 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2010 Main Analysis Tool Page
2009 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2009 Main Analysis Tool Page
2008 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2008 Main Analysis Tool Page
2007 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2007 Main Analysis Tool Page
2006 MT CoC Analysis Tool Page
2006 Main Analysis Tool Page
About the 2014 Homeless Survey
The 2014 Montana homeless survey was conducted
on January 22nd, 2014 across Montana, surveying both sheltered and unsheltered
homeless. The date is coordinated with other surveys across the nation
to occur during the last week in January.
The survey was administered by the Montana Continuum
of Care Coalition, local providers of homeless services and many volunteers who
canvassed areas where the homeless are often found (points of service such as
food banks, transitional housing programs, shelters, streets, parks, campgrounds, etc.).
To guard against repeated surveys of the same respondent, the respondent's initials
and birthday were used to find potential duplicates, of which 10 were
found and removed from the data.
For homeless individuals who were accompanied by child
family members, only the head of household was asked to fill out the
survey; except for total population counts, ages, and school enrollment status, data on the
accompanying family members are inferred from the head of household's responses.
For more information, contact Bob Buzzas,
MT Continuum of Care Coalition, at 406-586-1572.
The Montana Continuum of Care Coalition
is grateful to the following sponsors who have supported an annual
survey of the homeless since 1999:
Montana Department of Health
and Human Services
Montana Human Resource Development Councils
The MT CoC Coalition also thanks Dr. Greg
Adams and Nth-Degree Analytics for making this data uniquely accessible
and at a discounted cost in order to help bring sound data to bear
on important public policies.
Survey Analysis Tool
Analytics has developed an online survey analysis tool that lets anyone
delve into the homeless survey data. The survey analysis tool uses AJAX
By default, scripting
is enabled on most browsers, but users who encounter problems may
have to manually enable scripting (for Internet Explorer, click on
"Tools" from the top menu, then "Options," then
the "Security" tab, then "Custom Level...," then
go to "Scripting").
Tips on Using the Survey
Querying data is basically a two step process:
Step 1: Select the type
of people to analyze, using the "Restrict Tally" dropdown
Different users of the survey data
will want to analyze different subgroups of the data. For instance,
many users of the data only want homeless individuals as defined by
HUD. The HUD Definition is limited to those who were sleeping
on the streets (or other place not meant for human habitation), in
an emergency shelter, in a motel paid by a voucher or in a transitional
housing program. This is the definition used by the Continuum of Care.
Another option is persons who were considered to be homeless by an interviewer, case
manager or the respondent him or herself but were in a local jail,
treatment facility, hospital, or staying with a friend or family or
in a motel for different lengths of time.
Similarly, certain users
of the data may want to restrict the population being analyzed to
those in certain districts, or of certain ages, genders, or other
factors. Use the "Restrict Tally" dropdown menu to add as
many restrictions as you want (e.g., females who fit the HUD definition
of homeless and were in District 10).
As a general tip, try to
limit the number of restrictions to as few as possible. Most users
won't need to restrict the data beyond the definition of homeless,
the district of the homeless respondents, and perhaps one other factor
that would vary depending on a user's needs (e.g., gender, age, education,
etc.). Restrictions are of the type "or" within a survey
question/item (e.g., gender = "Male" OR "Female")
and of the type "and" across items (e.g., gender = "Male"
AND district = "10").
Step 2. Choose the survey
question you want to see the results for, using the "Select Item
to Tally" dropdown menu.
Then hit the "get
results" button, and a table with the results will be displayed.
From within the table you can click on an icon to show a graph of