Homeless Assessement Report

HUD sends 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress

Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent Congress the first part of its report on homeless in the country. This report details the findings from the 2013 Point in Time Count which was conducted by cities and counties nationwide in order to capture the number of homeless individuals on a single night.

During the January 2013 Point in Time Count, 610,042 people were identified as homeless. Most were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 35% were living in unsheltered locations. Nearly one quarter, or 138,149 of all homeless people were children under the age of 18. The majority were 25 years or older. Nationally, homelessness declined by nearly 4% between 2012 and 2013.

In June 2010, the Obama Administration released Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, a comprehensive plan to prevent and end homelessness in the United States with four goals as its focal point. First is to finish the job of ending chronic homelessness by 2015. The number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness declined by 16% between 2010 and 2013. Still, there are over 90,000 individuals reporting chronic homelessness in 2013. Second is to prevent and end veterans homelessness by 2015. Since 2010, there has been nearly a 25% decrease in veteran homelessness. The third goal is to prevent and end homelessness for families, youth and children by 2020. Since 2010, there has been only an 8% decline. In 2013, there were nearly 140,000 children experiencing homelessness. The fourth goal is to establish a path to ending all types of homelessness.

At the state level, California had the highest rate of homeless people with a count of 136,826. However, between 2007 and 2013, California had the largest decrease in the number of homeless with a change of 14.3%. Here in San Bernardino County, there was a count of 2,321 homeless persons including both sheltered and unsheltered individuals during the Point in Time Count conducted in January. It is important to remember that these numbers are a reflection of a one day count across the nation. While homelessness is a complex issue throughout our country and throughout our county, we remain committed to ending homelessness for all.

To learn more, please visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD.