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Housing Data

The Lakeshore Housing Alliance gathers data about homelessness in Ottawa County in order to improve service to homeless individuals and families. We share that data with federal agencies that provide a national view on the problem of homeless. Eleven agencies in the county participate in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)—a system of agencies that work together to gather information about homelessness in the county in order to provide better support and services. Through these and other partnerships, we gather the following data in Ottawa County:

Point in Time Study

The Point-in-Time Count provides a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons living in emergency shelter, transitional housing and in places not meant for human habitation. Counts are further broken down into subpopulation categories including counts of persons who are chronically homeless, persons with severe mental illness, chronic substance abusers, veterans, persons with HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence and unaccompanied children. Twice a year—in January and in August—Ottawa County conducts a county-wide Point in Time count of homeless individuals through HMIS.

Ottawa Point-in-Time 2011
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2012
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2013
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2014
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2015
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2016


Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America. The report is prepared by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period. For more info, contact Lyn Raymond at (616) 396-7811 x213 or

AHAR 2011-2012
AHAR 2012-2013
AHAR 2013-2014
AHAR 2014-2015


Annual Housing Inventory Chart

The Housing Inventory Count collects information about all of the beds and units in each Continuum of Care homeless system, categorized by five program types as well as unmet needs.

  • Emergency Shelter: Total number of emergency shelter beds and units that are designated to serve people who are homeless and are recognized as part of the formal homeless system.
  • Transitional Housing: Total number of transitional housing beds and units designated to serve people who are homeless and are recognized as part of the formal homeless system.
  • Rapid Re-Housing: Total number of persons either receiving financial assistance or follow-on supportive services.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing: Total number of permanent supportive housing beds and units.

For more info, contact Lyn Raymond at (616) 396-7811 x213 or

Youth Assessment Survey

Ottawa County Youth Assessment Surveys monitor the prevalence of youth health risk behaviors. The purposes are to monitor trends and to provide information so local agencies and schools can focus programs and policies to reduce behaviors that contribute most to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity.

*NOTE: None of the data made available identifies specific characteristics of any homeless person.