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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:
Since 2007, homelessness has dropped by 15 percent (97,330 people) and between 2015 and 2016 declined by three percent (or 14,780).
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 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congresss.