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2015 AHAR Report Shows a 7% Decline in Homelessness Nationwide

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

On October 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 2- Estimates of Homelessness in the United States. This report includes one-year estimates of the sheltered homeless population from Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) and data on student homelessness from the U.S. Department of Education and the American Housing Survey. The report summarizes findings from both 2015 Point-in-Time count and HMIS data and reports the number of people experiencing homelessness has been reduced since 2007. Key findings include: 

  • In January 2015, 358,433 people experienced homelessness on a given night, a 13% decrease in one-night estimates since 2007, of which 66% were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. 
  • In 2015, approximately 1.4 million people experienced homelessness, a 7% drop in the number of sheltered people between 2007 and 2015. 
  • 4% decline in homelessness among families with children between 2014 and 2015. 
  • 21% of adults experiencing homelessness among families with children had a disability, which is a higher rate of adults identifying as having a disability than the overall U.S. population and those experiencing poverty. 
  • Between 2009 and 2015, homelessness among veterans decreased by 11%.

Click here to read the report. 


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