Homelessness Assistance is Changing
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has released the “State of Homelessness in America 2016” which is the sixth in a series of reports charting progress in ending homelessness in the United States.
The report examines trends in homelessness, populations at risk of homelessness, and homelessness assistance in America.
Key national findings include, on a single night in January 2015, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness.
- In total, 33 states reported decreases in overall homelessness, while 16 states reported increases.
- Despite a national decrease in un-sheltered homelessness, only 18 states reported decreases in the number of people living in un-sheltered locations, including the street, cars, and abandoned buildings.
- The national rate of homelessness in 2015 fell to 17.7 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population from 18.3 in 2014.
- The rate of veteran homelessness continued its descent of the past several years to 24.8 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population.
- The majority of states had decreases in every major sub-population: family homelessness (33 states), chronically homeless individuals (31 states), and veteran homelessness (33 states).
In 2015, New Jersey saw:
- An overall 13.5% decrease in overall homelessness
- A 4.2% increase in un-sheltered homelessness
- A 10.5% increase in veteran homelessness
- A 13.5% decrease in chronic homelessness
- A 21.6% decrease in family homelessness