HUD Issues Homelessness Report to Congress (National Low Income Housing Coalition)

National Low Income Housing Coalition
(11/3/2014 1:00 PM, NLIHC)
HUD released the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress on October 30. The AHAR summarizes estimates of homelessness at the national, state, and Continuum of Care (CoC) level, based on data from the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) counts of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. These counts, conducted by local volunteers working with Continuums of Care (CoCs), are a "snapshot" of homelessness. Continuums of Care are local planning bodies responsible for coordinating homelessness services.

Nationally, on the single night in January 2014, 578,424 people experienced homelessness. This is a 2% decline since 2013 and a 10% decline since 2010 when the Obama Administration released Opening Doors, its plan to end homelessness. Since 2010, the number of chronically homeless people declined 21%, the number of homeless families declined 11%, and the number of homeless veterans declined 33%.

Between 2013 and 2014, 36 states experienced a decline in homelessness, while 14 states and the District of Columbia experienced an increase. The largest decreases were in Florida (6,320 people) and California (4,600). The largest increases occurred in New York (3,160) followed by Massachusetts (2,208).

Among the 578,424 homeless people in 2014, 31% were unsheltered, meaning they were found living in places not meant for human habitation, such as streets, abandoned buildings, cars, or parks. California had the highest rate of unsheltered homeless people (63%), followed by Nevada (55%) and Florida (52%). Conversely, Rhode Island had the lowest rate of unsheltered homeless (1.7%), followed by Maine (3.5%) and Massachusetts (3.6%).

The report presents recent declines in homelessness in other subpopulations. Veteran homelessness dropped by 10% between 2013 and 2014. Family homelessness dropped 2.7% between 2013 and 2014, which is comparable to the 2% drop for individuals. In 2014, there were 194,302 homeless unaccompanied children and youth under age 25, a 1% decrease from 2013.

Between 2013 and 2014, the number of chronically homeless individuals declined 2.5%, which is attributed to an increase in the number of permanent supportive housing (PSH) beds. Between 2013 and 2014, the inventory of PSH beds grew by 15,984. Chronically homeless people are those experiencing continuous homelessness for at least one year or having at least four episodes of homelessness over three years.

Early Conference Registration Closes Nov. 12, Scholarship, Volunteer Opportunities Available

November 4, 2014    

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Congress is expected to return to session next Wednesday, Nov. 12, following their recess for the mid-term elections. During the 113th Congress' final session, what is known as the post-election "lame duck" session, legislators will address many outstanding bills that they were unable to address earlier in the legislative year.
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  • 35,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night; and
  • Homelessness costs Canadians more than $7 billion per year.
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Reminder of Available ESG Resources on HUD Exchange

Many communities have questions about the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program interim rule – sometimes because of staff turnover and sometimes because existing staff seek guidance around interpreting the rule. While HUD continues to develop new guidance and resources for ESG recipients and subrecipients, and the AAQ help desk is always available to answer questions, HUD would like to remind ESG recipients and subrecipients of existing ESG program resources that are already available on the HUD Exchange.
The ESG resource page contains the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by the HEARTH Act, the ESG interim rule, and other Notices, plus ESG program guides, tools, and webinars. These are all excellent resources to help staff learn and/or better understand the program. This page also houses links where staff can read past listserv messages, submit a question to the Ask a Question portal, view ESG award amounts, and find resources for ESG planning and reporting. This message highlights some specific resources that both new and existing staff may find helpful to review.

New to ESG?

The following resources describe some basic ESG requirements:

Key Concepts and Requirements

Periodically, HUD issues short “SNAPS-Shots” covering key concepts related to ESG program requirements:
HUD has also issued guidance around some other critical program requirements. Some of the resources available for these include two longer guidance pieces and a matrix:

ESG Priorities

HUD encourages ESG recipients and subrecipients to design their programs around HUD’s priorities for rapid re-housing, CoC collaboration, and quality data collection in HMIS. The following resources describe some of these priorities and why they are important in helping to end homelessness in communities:

Eligibility and Documentation

Some communities have expressed confusion about the homeless and at risk definitions, and correctly determining and documenting eligibility for program participants for either ESG rapid re-housing or homelessness prevention services. It is critical that recipients and subrecipients are evaluating individuals and families correctly for assistance. The following materials can help with determining and documenting program participant eligibility:


Through the publication of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), HUD offers clarifying information and guidance that may not be stated as explicitly elsewhere. All ESG Program FAQs are available either on the ESG Program FAQs page or from any HUD Exchange page by clicking on "Advanced Search" located in the top right-hand corner of the page, right below “Search Resources.”  To find ESG FAQs from the "Advanced Search" page, select "FAQs" as the desired result type. Then, select the search criteria. "Search by Programs or Systems" allows the user to specify keyword(s), program, and/or reporting system.

Related Resources

ESG recipients and subrecipients must comply with a variety of other requirements for planning and reporting, including submitting the Consolidated Plan, Action Plan, and CAPER, participating in HMIS, and utilizing IDIS. Recipients and subrecipients can visit the applicable resource pages for these topic areas for additional guidance.