Chronic Homelessness by State - State of Homelessness 2011


Interactive Tool | January 10, 2011

Files: Chapter One on Homeless Counts| PDF | 10 pages

The Alliance report, State of Homelessness in America, documents the 2009 levels and 2008 to 2009 changes in homelessness and related economic and demographic indicators. Chronic homelessness is defined as homelessness among people who have disabilities, including serious mental illness, chronic substance use disorders, or chronic medical issues, and who are homeless repeatedly or for long periods of time. During annual January point-in-time counts, homeless people are assessed for chronic homelessness, and the size of the chronic homeless population is submitted to HUD as part of the local Continuum application. The nation's chronic homeless population increased from 111,323 in 2008 to 112,076 in 2009, an increase of 753 people. The interactive map on the left shows the chronic homeless population in 2009, and the map on the right shows the change in this population from 2008 to 2009 in each state. [The District of Columbia (1,923 people and 12 percent decrease) and Puerto Rico (2,195 people and 25 percent decrease) are included in the national number, but not shown in the maps below.]
Chronic Homeless Population, 2009
Percent Change Chronic Homelessness, 2008 to 2009