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Appendix I: Scope and Methodology
To identify the federal homeless assistance and amount of funding
awarded, we reviewed statutes, regulations, and reports, including our
prior work, on federal homeless assistance for both targeted and
mainstream programs. We interviewed federal, state, and local officials, to
understand the range of assistance that is available to assist homeless
individuals or families in rural areas, how those assistance programs are
delivered, and the amount of funding that has been awarded. To the extent
that data were available for comparison, we interviewed selected federal
officials to understand funding differences between rural and nonrural
areas. Specific data from some programs funded by the Departments of
Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs were
determined to be reliable enough to use in this report.
To identify the barriers persons experiencing homelessness and homeless
service providers encounter, we interviewed state and local officials,
homeless service providers, and to the extent possible, homeless
individuals and families for information on barriers encountered when
seeking assistance, barriers encountered when providing assistance, and
any challenges related to federal coordination and efforts. We also
interviewed select federal officials, including officials from the
Interagency Council, to understand the extent of federal collaboration in
providing services to persons or families experiencing homelessness in
We conducted this performance audit from September 2009 to July 2010 in
accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. Those
standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain sufficient,
appropriate evidence to provide a reasonable basis for our findings and
conclusions based on our audit objectives. We believe that the evidence
obtained provides a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions
based on our audit objectives.
GAO-10-724 Rural Homelessness
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