The 2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report: A Summary of Findings

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Community Planning and Development

Report | August 5, 2008

Files: PDF | 2.92 MB | 8 pages

In its Third Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that last year the country has experienced about an 11 percent decrease in homelessness, including a 30 percent drop in chronic homelessness since 2005.  The report’s data was generated by Homeless Management Information Systems and point-in-time studies from Continuums of Care.  The report notes that “some of the decrease in the total number of homeless persons on a single night may be ‘real’…nevertheless, the estimated decrease…should be interpreted with caution.” This is largely due to the difficulty associated with counting homeless people, particularly counting the number of chronically homeless people.