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NAEH Releases The State of Homelessness in America 2014

Monday, June 02, 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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