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NAEH: Homelessness About to Skyrocket

 

Homelessness may increase 5% over the next three years (2010-2013) nationally without additional intervention, says the Homelessness Research Institute (HRI) and the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) in a projection based on unemployment and poverty estimates for the same time period. HRI notes that their projections can be prevented through investment in evidence-based, cost effective interventions.


Chart courtesy of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

HRI points to steady unemployment and rising poverty numbers and posits that they will drive the increase in homelessness. Using data and projections from the Brookings Institution, HRI was able to calculate an estimate of the number of people in deep poverty, defined by incomes below 50% of the federal poverty line, and surmise that deep poverty puts individuals at high risk for homelessness. Both poverty and unemployment are set to stay near their current levels, 15% and 9% respectively, through at least 2014.

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