The State of Homelessness in America 2013

National Alliance to End Homelessness

Yesterday, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) released The State of Homelessness in America 2013. This report uses the most recently available national data to examine trends with regard to homelessness between 2011 and 2012.

The report shows that, overall, the homeless population decreased by 0.4% between 2011 and 2012. There was a decrease in all homeless subpopulations, with the exception of persons in families.

The 56-page report takes a close look at homelessness data and the associated economic and demographic factors.

Here are a few major findings:

  • At a point in time in January 2012, 633,782 people in America were experiencing homelessness.
    • Although the national homeless population slightly decreased, it increased in 29 of the 50 states.
    • Florida, specifically, experienced a 2.7% decrease in the overall homeless population.
  • The largest decreases were among individuals identified as chronically homeless (6.8%) and veterans (7.2%).
  • The number of people in homeless families increased by 1.4%.
  • 20 people out of every 10,000 in the general population are homeless.
    • 29 veterans out of every 10,000 in the general population are homeless.
  • 38% of persons identified as homeless were unsheltered, living on the streets, in cars, in abandoned buildings, or in other places not intended for human habitation.

The NAEH stated that, “decreases…indicate that, with federal, state, and local investment in strategies proven to end homelessness, progress can be made.” We couldn’t agree more and are so grateful for the support from our community.

Please read the full report and share your thoughts below.

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