NAEH Releases The State of Homelessness in America 2014
On May 27, 2014, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) released The State of Homelessness in America 2014, a report that examines national and state trends in homelessness between 2012 and 2013, at-risk populations between 2011 and 2012, and the number of beds available for people experiencing homelessness in 2012 and 2013. The report is the fourth in a series of reports released by NAEH that chart progress in ending homelessness in the United States.
Key findings of the report include:
- Overall homelessness decreased by 3.7%.
- Homelessness decreased among every major subpopulation - families (7%), chronically homeless individuals (7.3%), and veterans (7.3%).
- 31 states saw a decrease in homelessness, while 20 states saw increases in overall homelessness.
- The national rate of homelessness fell to 19 homeless persons per 10,000 people in the general population; the rate in individual states ranged from 106 in Washington, DC to 8 in Mississippi.
- The rate of veteran homelessness fell to 27 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population; the rate in individual states ranged from 28 in Wyoming to 156 in Washington, DC.
The report also highlights that targeted federal funding through programs such as HUD-VA supportive housing for veterans (HUD-VASH) contributed to the decreasing homelessness rates. However, additional investment in affordable housing is needed to reduce the risk of homelessness among the general population of low-income renter households.
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