USICH Issues Report to Congress on a Common Federal Vocabulary to Describe Housing Status
June 01, 2011
At the request of Congress, USICH hosted a day long forum in January to discuss the benefits, challenges, and next steps for creating and implementing a common federal vocabulary and data standard on housing status. Today, USICH has released a summary report to Congress based on the outcome of this meeting which included the active participation of 85 attendees from federal agencies, Congress, and advocacy groups as well as researchers, homeless service providers, and people who have experienced homelessness.
The report to Congress released today describes the structure of the January event, summarizes the feedback received at that meeting, and reflects on what we think can be done to continue working towards a common vocabulary and data standard that will better inform our work to end homelessness.
The meeting was requested by Congress to discuss a June 2010 report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled Homelessness: A Common Vocabulary Could Help Agencies Collaborate and Collect More Consistent Data.