Homelessness in America 2014

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The stats are in, but sometimes even when everything has changed, nothing has really changed. Over the last couple of years, the homeless population and its various subpopulations (i.e. those in emergency shelters, homeless shelters, government assisted housing, on the streets, etc.) have increased and decreased throughout different regions and areas of the United States.

According to a recent study completed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 610,042 Americans were experiencing homelessness in January 2013. This shows a decrease of 3.7 percent between 2012 and 2013. However, this number doesn’t include those living in motels, doubled-up with families, or other such situations. Even with this moderate decrease across the United States, these numbers are still alarmingly high.

In fact, Florida saw an increase of 0.2 percent last year. This might seem small but it’s not when you consider that Florida has the fourth largest population in the United States.

The study also revealed:

  • Thirty-one states saw a decrease in homelessness, while 20 states saw increases in overall homelessness.
  • The national rate of homelessness fell to 19 homeless persons per 10 ,000 people in the general population, but the rate in individual states ranged from 106 in Washington, DC to 8 in Mississippi.
  • The rate of veteran homelessness fell to 27 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population, but the rate in individual states ranged from 28 in Wyoming to 156 in Washington, DC.

It is hopeful that in some states homelessness is decreasing. But the truth of the matter is that even one person is too many!

At Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, we helped more than 4,300 men, women, and children last year. Because of this great need, we have a number of programs and services to transform lives and end the crisis of homelessness for our clients.  If you’d like to learn more and join our community in changing the statistics, please visit our website.