HUD’s newly-released 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress finds that on a single night in 2017, 553,742 people experienced homelessness. This represents an increase of less than one percent over last year, and is the first increase in total homelessness since 2010.
Despite the overall increase, the report also shows that the majority of states and communities in the nation reported decreases in homelessness. In fact, current levels of homelessness remain two percent lower than they were in 2015, and 13 percent lower than in 2010.
The report finds a 12 percent rise in unsheltered homelessness, with the largest increases in major cities. It also details small increases among homeless veterans – despite significant decreases for the past several years.
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018 TRANSATLANTIC PRACTICE EXCHANGE
The Alliance and our partners in the United Kingdom are now accepting applications for the 2018 Transatlantic Practice Exchange.
The Exchange aims to develop future leaders in the homelessness sector and establish transatlantic good practice connections. Five participants each from the US and UK will be selected to spend up to two weeks with a homelessness organization in their peer country to explore a practice area of interest.
Each December, on the longest night of the year, advocates gather for National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. The National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council encourage communities to host public events on or near December 21, to remember your neighbors who have died homeless in the past year.
Anyone can coordinate an event, including advocates, service providers, organizations, homeless and formerly homeless individuals/families, religious leaders, city representatives, students, and concerned citizens.