According to the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) Point-In-Time Count, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on a given night in January 2014 - a decline of 2 percent since 2013 and 11 percent since 2007. Of that number, 216,261 were in families, and 362,163 experienced homelessness as individuals. 49,933 veterans were homeless, which represents an 11 percent decrease since 2013. 84,291 individuals and 15,143 people in families were chronically homeless, meaning that they have a serious and long-term disability as well as an extensive homeless history, living on the street or in emergency shelters. Since 2007, chronic homelessness among individuals has declined by 30 percent. This decrease can mainly be attributed to the expansion of permanent supportive housing (PSH), which has helped some of the 'hardest to serve' homeless individuals access and maintain stable housing.
The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 reformed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) homeless programs to enable homeless planning groups to better address the unique needs of homeless persons in their communities and continue to expand PSH opportunities. The Act consolidates HUD's competitive homelessness assistance grant programs into one Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.
HUD's Homelessness Assistance Page on the HUD Exchange provides the most up-to-date information regarding HEARTH Act implementation, and serves as a one-stop resource for providers who are assisting persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
HUD's CoC 2.0 Online Training Curriculum provides a variety of tools to help CoC Program recipients gain a better understanding of the CoC Program interim rule. By using new technologies, HUD is aiming to provide greater availability of training materials to help ensure that all CoCs, grant recipients, and subrecipients have access to the same basic knowledge to build a common understanding of the CoC Program interim rule across the nation.
HUD's Resource Library Page for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the HUD Exchange is designed to help housing and homeless service providers, clients, and advocates easily access and learn the specifics related to health reform and housing and homeless services.
TAC Resources on Homelessness:
Prezi Presentation - Examples of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Preferences
Other Homelessness Resources:
2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) Point-In-Time Count a report to the U.S. Congress prepared by HUD on the extent and nature of homelessness in America.
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness Published by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), this Federal Plan is the nation's first ever comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. 2015 Annual Update
Strategies for Preventing Homelessness This HUD-funded study identified and documented effective community-wide homelessness prevention strategies in six communities.
Strategies for Reducing Chronic Street Homelessness This HUD-funded report examines seven communities that made progress in reducing their chronic street homeless population.
Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research This report includes 12 papers from invited authors on the latest findings from homeless research and the implications for policy and practice.