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Figure 2: Percent of Total Federal Funding Targeting Homelessness by Agency for
Fiscal Year 2009
Source: GAO analysis of Congressional Research Service data.
Note: Data do not include assistance from mainstream programs which may also provide support to
persons experiencing homelessness.
Determining what funding went to rural areas is difficult because some
federal agencies use self-reported data that may not be accurate, do not
distinguish between rural and nonrural areas, or do not track whether
funding went to such areas. As discussed earlier in this report, federal
agencies use multiple definitions of rural, complicating any determination
of what types of areas received funding. For instance, HUD's CoC
programs maintain data on the amount of assistance for rural areas;
however, grant applicants could designate (self-identify)-based on a HUD
provided definition of rural area-whether they were in rural areas or not.
Table 2 shows the funding based on this designation for fiscal years 2006-
2008. In fiscal year 2008, according to the HUD data, 9.3 percent of CoC
funding went to rural areas, which represented about 15 percent of total
GAO-10-724 Rural Homelessness
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