LHA 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:


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. Every January, Ottawa County conducts a county-wide count of people experiencing homelessness.

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
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2017
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2018
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2019
Ottawa Point-in-Time 2020


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 lraymond@ottawaunitedway.org.

AHAR 2011-2012
AHAR 2012-2013
AHAR 2013-2014
AHAR 2014-2015
AHAR 2015-2016
AHAR 2016-2017



The Housing Inventory Chart reports information about bed inventory in all programs county-wide that screen for HUD defined homelessness. Program types include: emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing.

For more info, contact Lyn Raymond at (616) 396-7811 x213 or lraymond@ottawaunitedway.org.


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.