Homelessness is a social problem whose definition is socially constructed. How we think about homelessness can be measured through qualitative analysis. There are 11 main places to find qualitative data on homelessness,
Social media – Facebook, twitter, youtube, instagram
Music – Lyrics, Songmeanings
Movies – IMDB, Scripts
TV – IMDB
Homelessness is not easy to measure, and estimates of the extent of homelessness vary widely depending on the data source. There are 11 main sources of statistical data on homelessness:
COC PIT counts (unsheltered)
COC HIC counts (sheltered)
COC Performance data
Surveys of homeless individuals
Health Systems data
Crime and Police data
Note: COC refers to Continuum of Care, which is the HUD designated geographic area that provides HUD-sponsored homeless services.
PIT refers to Point in Time count, which is the annual count of street homelessness by COC volunteers.
HIC refers to Housing Inventory County, which is the annual count of sheltered homelessness.