Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Political Science
Ross Burkhart, Ph.D.
Stephen M. Utych, Ph.D.
Amanda Ashley, Ph.D.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has been collecting national data on the homeless population and the beds available to these individuals since 2007. This analysis utilizes those data by separating the United States into 11 regions and examining the impact of bed types on five demographics of the homeless population. This study finds that the impact of each bed type varies by region depending on these demographics. One striking finding is that while Safe Haven beds increase the homeless population in several regions, they cause a decrease in multiple homeless demographics in Region 6 [Prairie]. My analysis suggests some directions in policy making for reduction in homeless populations.
Solmonsen, Cassandra Nicole, "Housing the Homeless: A Regional Analysis of the Impact of Available Beds on Rates of Homelessness" (2017). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1316.