Number of Emergency and Transitional Beds in Homeless Assistance Systems Nationwide: 2005

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 556):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 10 rows and 7 columns.

The data are based on a nationally representative sample of 80 jurisdictions that collect data from emergency shelters and transitional providers. The data estimate homeless persons who used emergency shelters or transitional housing from February 2 through April 30, 2005. As a compliment to the survey, a “Continuum of Care” community was derived from each jurisdiction in order to estimate the number of unsheltered homeless persons and the number of emergency shelter and transitional housing beds available on a single night in January 2005. The data do not include homeless individuals living outside a sampled jurisdiction or homeless individuals not using an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program. For more information on data collection and methodology, see Appendix B of source


  1. Year-round beds are available for use throughout the year and are considered part of the stable inventory
    of beds for homeless persons.
  2. Seasonal beds are typically available during particularly high-demand seasons of the year (e.g. winter
    months in the North or summer months in the South) to accommodate increased need for emergency
    shelters to prevent illness or death due to the weather.
  3. Overflow beds are typically used during unanticipated emergencies (e.g. precipititous temperature drops
    or a natural disaster displaces residents). Voucher beds are made available in a hotel or motel, and often
    function like overflow beds.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.