How Many People are Experiencing Homelessness in Your Community?

written by naehblog
May 20, 2014

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Today's blog post was written by Thomas Friedlander, Alliance research intern.

The picture of homelessness in 2014 is becoming clearer every day. Since launching the 2014 Homeless Counts Map, 30 communities have reported on the changes in their respective homeless populations. This information, which the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute (HRI) obtained through both media and government reports, broadens our view of homelessness in 2014 on both a local and national level. Of the 30 communities mapped so far, 16 have reported decreases in homelessness, while the remaining 14 have reported increases. Comprehensive reports from Southern Nevada and the Washington, DC metro area show local and regional shifts in homelessness:

  • In the Washington, DC metro region, overall homelessness increased by 3.5 percent, however six jurisdictions in the region reported decreases in homelessness.
  • Southern Nevada reported a 28 percent increase in homelessness.

The map, which we will continue to update as we receive reports, but we still need your help. If you know of a recent report about homelessness in your community, please let us know, and we’ll add it to our map. Please email a link to a local media report or a Continuum of Care Point-In-Time Count report to

In addition to the main media report map, HRI has also published a map dedicated to reporting on progress to end veteran homelessness.  The map shows changes in veteran homelessness provides information about communities eligible for one-time grants and their recent successes. You can see both maps below.

2014 Homeless Counts Map

View 2014 Point-in-Time Count Map in a larger map

Ending Veteran Homelessness Map

View Ending Veteran Homelessness Map in a larger map