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HUD Report: Homelessness Down in U.S.

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

A new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development says that for the third straight year, the number of homeless people in the U.S. has declined.

The 2013 Annual Homeless Assistant Report (AHAR) to Congress also says:

  • In January 2013, 610,042 people were homeless on a given night. Sixty-five percent were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing. Thirty-five percent were unsheltered.
  • Homelessness declined by nearly 4% (or 23,740 people) between 2012-2013, and by 9% since 2007.
  • During the same time period, homelessness among people who were chronically homeless decreased by 16%
  • Homelessness among families declined by 11%.
  • Since 2009, homelessness among veterans decreased by 24%.
  • Since 2007, unsheltered homelessness declined by 23 percent.
  • Five states – California, New York,  Florida, Texas and Massachusetts – accounted for half of the homeless population in the country.

You can read Connecticut’s Point In Time Count here, from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.


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