The State of Homelessness in America Report Suggests Risk of Homelessness Persists for Many American Families

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Press Releases | January 17, 2012

Contact: Catherine An
202-942-8297, can@naeh.org

The State of Homelessness in America Report Suggests Risk of Homelessness Persists for Many American Families
Overall homelessness numbers down since 2009; Severe housing cost burden, doubling up continues to rise

Despite a decrease in the overall number of people experiencing homelessness, indicators suggest that homelessness may affect more and more Americans in the coming years. In a report to be released at a press conference Wednesday, January 18, the National Alliance to End Homelessness examines the levels of homelessness at both state and national levels, and also examines issues related to homelessness including severe housing cost burden, doubling up, unemployment, and foreclosure.

Chief among the findings of the report is the 13 percent increase in doubled up households from 2009 to 2011 and the 22 percent increase in severely housing cost burdened poor families (defined as families below the poverty line paying 50 percent or more of their monthly income on housing) in the same time period. These indicators, as well as other economic and demographic indicators analyzed in the report, underscore the persistent risk of homelessness for poor and low-income people and families.

Who: Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness
Representative Gwen Moore (D – WI)

What: Press Conference, The State of Homelessness in America 2012

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club

RSVP: To RSVP, please contact Catherine An, "can@naeh.org, 202-942-8297

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