According to numbers released last week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night has declined by 2 percent since 2013, and by 11 percent since 2007. During the January 2014 Point-in-Time Count, volunteers counted 578,424 people experiencing homelessness.
- Of the in 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on a given night in January 2014, 69 percent were sheltered, 31 percent were unsheltered.
- 23 percent of all homeless people counted were children under the age of 18; 10 percent were between the ages of 18 and 24, and 66 percent were 25 years old or older.
- 63 percent of people counted were experiencing homelessness as individuals, while 37 percent were homeless people in families.
- Homelessness among people in families declined by 3 percent since 2013 and by 8 percent since 2007.
HUD’s Point-in-Time Count is the only national survey that counts everyone who is staying in a shelter or other homeless programs as well as people who are living on the streets or other places not meant for human habitation. Its methodology is fairly consistent over time, allowing an assessment of whether the number of homeless people is growing or shrinking. It does not, however, count every single homeless person, nor does it assess the number of people who are at high risk of homelessness because they have unstable or unacceptable housing.