Total Homelessness by State - State of Homelessness 2011

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Interactive Tool | January 11, 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. The primary measure used to document the state of homelessness is the total homeless population as measured in the annual point-in-time counts conducted each January by over 450 local Continuums of Care across the country. This measure is the total number of individuals and persons in families experiencing homelessness in shelters, transitional housing programs or in places not meant for human habitation on a given night. The nation's total homeless population increased from 636,324 in 2008 to 656,129 in 2009, an increase of 19,805 people. The interactive map on the left shows the total 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 (6,228 people and 3 percent increase from 2008 to 2009) and Puerto Rico (4,070 people and 35 percent increase) are included in the national number, but not shown in the maps below.]
Total Homeless People, 2009
Percent Change Homeless People, 2008 to 2009