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April 2, 2015
              PRESS RELEASE
              

Report: Homelessness Declines Nationally, but Lack of Affordable Housing Threatens Progress

Washington, DC – During a period of economic growth for the nation when unemployment decreased in nearly every state, the rate of homelessness fell by just 2.3 percent, and the number of people at risk of homelessness has yet to return to pre-recession levels. This according to “The State of Homelessness in America 2015” report from the Homelessness Research Institute at the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance).

Though national data show that targeted funding for homeless programs is reducing homelessness, the number of low-income people living in doubled-up situations with family and friends is growing, and the number of poor renter households who must pay more than 50 percent of their income toward housing remains at a historic high, demonstrating that the affordable housing crisis threatens progress.

"Communities have worked hard to take advantage of the improvement in the economy, and we have reduced the number of people who experience homelessness," said Nan Roman, president and CEO of the Alliance. “This is good news, but the increase in rents is outpacing what low income people earn, leaving a growing number of people at risk of homelessness in the future."

Report Highlights

The report examines national and state trends in homelessness, risk of homelessness, and the assistance that is available for people experiencing homelessness.

  • Overall homelessness declined 2.3 percent from 2013, during the economic recovery, with 34 states showing declines in overall homelessness (homelessness increased in 16 states and Washington, DC).
  • The risk of homelessness is not declining despite the recovery from the recession. 7.7 million people were living with family and friends in 2013, an increase of 67 percent since 2007. There were 6.4 million poor households paying most of their income on housing in 2013, an increase of 25 percent since 2007.
  • The nation is in the midst of a shift toward Housing First interventions like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing, with rapid re-housing capacity nearly doubling from 2013 to 2014 – from about 20,000 to 38,000 beds.
  • On a given night, about 154,000 more people were experiencing homelessness than there were beds available to assist them.

Contact: Emanuel Cavallaro
(o) 202-942-8297
(c) 703-725-0363
ecavallaro@naeh.org

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. As a leading voice on the issue of homelessness, the Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions; works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity; and provides data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.

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Library Resources

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Other | February 11, 2014
This media resource is meant to provide clarification on five common misconceptions about the Department of Housing and Urban Development's mandated Point-in-Time Counts.
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Report | April 8, 2013
The State of Homelessness in America 2013 analyzes national as well as state-by-state trends and the economic, housing, and demographic factors that impact homelessness. Findings are based on the most recently available national data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Association of State Budget Officers.
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Report | January 18, 2012
The State of Homelessness in America investigates the changes in homelessness across the country. It presents the Alliance's research on the economic indicators and demographic drivers of homelessness and describes how a variety of factors contribute to increased risk of homelessness among vulnerable populations.