Annual Homeless Assistance Report (AHAR)

The Annual Homeless Assistance Report (AHAR) is prepared for the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America, and compiled by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. AHAR resources can be found on HUD’s Homeless Resource Exchange. (

The AHAR report includes the following sections:

  • The Estimated Homeless Counts during a One-Year Period
  • The Demographic Characteristics of Sheltered Homeless Persons
  • The Prior Living Situation of Persons Using Homeless Residential Services
  • The Length of Stay in Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing

​The Housing Inventory Charts for Anchorage and the Balance of State are also available in the data section. 

** Note: Emergency Shelter beds targeting Domestic Violence(DV) victims are not included in the report. This is particularly important in the Balance of State (AK501) where DV beds make up a large portion of the housing inventory for homeless persons.

In Alaska, two reports are available, one for Anchorage (AK-500) and one for the Balance of State (AK-501).