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Snapshot of Homelessness
|Understanding homelessness requires a grasp of several social issues: poverty, affordable housing, disabilities, and others.|
Homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford.
The Big Picture
By the numbers:
These numbers come from Point-in-Time Counts, which are conducted, community by community, on a single night in January every other year. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to submit this data every other year in order to qualify for federal homeless assistance funds. Many communities conduct counts more regularly.
The most recent data from HUD can be found in the agency's 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congresss.