Journal article

Using Private Information to Predict Homelessness Entries: Evidence and Prospects

B O Flaherty, R Scutella, YP Tseng

Housing Policy Debate | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2018


Do people at risk of homelessness have private information—information that social service agencies cannot credibly obtain—that helps predict whether they will become homeless? This article asserts that the answer to this question is yes: homeless people and people at risk of homelessness know important things about their future. Data from Journeys Home (JH), a pathbreaking longitudinal study of people experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness in Australia, are used in this article. In many cases, the private information that participants have predicts entries better than the public information that agencies can obtain. Ways in which this private information can be used to..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article uses data from the Journeys Home (JH) survey, which was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS), and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views in this article should not, however, be attributed to either the DSS or the Melbourne Institute.