Homeless veterans and long-term chronic homelessness are declining.
HUD reported Seven percent decline among veterans and chronically homeless.
HUD’s annual ‘point-in-time’ estimate seeks to measure the scope of homelessness over the course of one night every January.
In 2012 on a single night last January, 633,782 people were homeless in the United States, largely unchanged from the year before. In releasing HUD’s latest national estimate of homelessness, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan cited as hopeful that even during a historic housing and economic downturn, local communities are reporting significant declines in the number of homeless veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness.
Five States accounted for nearly half of the nation’s total homeless population in 2012.
California (20.7 percent)
New York (11.0 percent)
Florida (8.7 percent)
Texas (5.4 percent)
Georgia (3.2 percent)
In 2012, 99,894 people were chronically homeless, representing just few than 16 percent of all homeless people. Chronic homelessness has declined by 19.3 percent in 2007.
62,619 veterans were homeless on a single night in 2012. Homelessness among veterans has declined by 7.2 percent since 2011 and by 17.2 percent since 2009.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers add up for January 2013? Hopefully the numbers will continue to decrease.