One time a thing occurred to me: The Homeless

Key Findings of HUD’s 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1:

  • On a single night in January 2020, 580,466 people – about 18 of every 10,000 people in the United States – experienced homelessness across the United States. This represents 2.2 percent increase from 2019.
  • After steady reductions from 2010 to 2016, homelessness has increased in the last four consecutive years.
  • The increase in homelessness was due to the rise in unsheltered individuals (a 7 percent increase from 2019) and this increase impacted the large increase in individuals experiencing chronic homelessness (a 15 percent increase since 2019). The increase in unsheltered homelessness is driven largely by increases in California and coincide with increases in overall homelessness.
  • Veteran homelessness did not decline in 2020. 2020 was the first year that homelessness among family households did not fall since 2010.
  • Youth homelessness is slightly down (a 2.2 percent decrease from 2019).
  • People of color are significantly over-represented among people experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness Among All People

The total number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2020 is 580,466, an increase of 2.2 percent from January 2019 driven by increases in the unsheltered homeless population. The number of people experiencing homelessness nationwide increased by two percent between 2019 and 2020, or 12,751 more people. This marks the fourth consecutive year that total homelessness has increased in the United States.

Chronic Homelessness

On a single night in January 2020, there were 110,528 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, just over one-quarter of all homeless individuals. This is the first time since 2011 that the number of people with chronic patterns of homelessness exceeded 100,000. The number of people experiencing chronic homelessness increased 15 percent from 2019.

Also, for the third quarter of 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that of all housing units in the United States, approximately 10.7 percent are vacant. …persons are experiencing chronic homelessness.



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