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2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)!

October 15, 2013

2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)?

We’ve all been so busy anticipating the NOFA that the AHAR snuck up on us. We received notification from our contact at Abt Associates that we can now start uploading AHAR data into the HDX. The deadline for draft data submission is November 15th.

For those of you who are wondering what this is about, the AHAR is the Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, and it is, after considerable vetting by HUD Technical Assistance providers, the report that is submitted to Congress on an annual basis. In order for Maine’s data to be included in the submission, our data quality/completeness scores must meet certain thresholds, and our client counts must be consistent with the HIC submitted in April.

If your agency had programs listed on the 2013 Housing Inventory Chart, we need your help!

  • We are asking that all agencies review their data quality and completeness for their programs so that when we run the full AHAR, we can be sure that our data quality, completeness, and client counts will allow for our AHAR data to be accepted for 2013. We were successful last year, and know that with your help, we can be successful in this year’s AHAR as well.
  • How can you help? The answer is simple. In ServicePoint, in the Public Folder, there is a folder entitled “AHAR.” In that folder is a report entitled “AHAR Data Quality Report BETA 0.6.” If you could run this for all of your programs, and update any missing data that the report shows, that would go a long way towards ensuring our AHAR data will be accepted.
  • On a parallel track, HMIS staff will be running similar reports and reaching out to contact providers with significant issues.

The hope is that by Friday, 10/25, the reports will have been run, data will have been updated, and that we will have plenty of time to crunch the numbers in time to meet the November 15th deadline.

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns, and thank you in advance for your help with this year’s AHAR submission!

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