Date of Award

January 2022

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)



First Advisor

Jeongwoo Kim

Department Affiliation


Second Advisor

Randall D. Swain

Department Affiliation



This paper is based on a data project that pulled together publicly available data from several sources to examine the scope of homelessness in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The primary findings of the project conclude that there is a lack of data regarding counting homeless individuals, and that the available data should be examined to determine changes in the homeless population and demographics over time. Examining this data would also reveal the rate of progress in the number of counties that have began participating in the K-count since 2006. Increasing awareness about the topic and encouraging local governments to develop real measurable goals to evaluate and prevent homelessness is essential. “Because goals lead to performance measures, and it is well known that what gets measured gets done” (Van Wart, 2017, p.216).