Blessing Others All the Time (B.O.A.T.T.) is a non-profit 501( c)3 organization that goes out on the streets of Duval and surrounding counties to provide personal care items to the homeless and less fortunate.
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Hezekiah Walker
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Point in Time Count Jacksonville, FL January 2017

Homelessness in America

On a single night in January 2015, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
  • In total, 33 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) reported decreases in overall homelessness, while 16 states reported increases. The states with decreases in homelessness were concentrated in the South and Midwest.
  • Despite a national decrease in unsheltered homelessness, only 18 states reported decreases in the number of people living in unsheltered locations, including the street, cars, and abandoned buildings. The national decrease in unsheltered homelessness was driven in large part by decreases in unsheltered homelessness in Florida, Texas, and Georgia.
  • The national rate of homelessness in 2015 fell to 17.7 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population from 18.3 in 2014. The rates in individual states ranged from 111 in D.C. to 7 in Mississippi.
  • The rate of veteran homelessness continued its descent of the past several years to 24.8 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population. The rates in individual states ranged from 145 in D.C. to 9 in Virginia.
  • The majority of states had decreases in every major subpopulation: family homelessness (33 states and D.C.), chronically homeless individuals (31 states and D.C.), and veteran homelessness (33 states).

 Populations at Risk of Homelessness

Many poor people are at risk of homelessness. Ultimately, this is because it is hard for them to afford housing. Unemployment, housing cost burden, and living doubled up are indications of this struggle to afford housing. Longitudinal trends and changes from 2013 to 2014 indicate populations at risk of homelessness may be starting to benefit from the economic recovery.
  • In 2014, 7 million people in poor households were doubled up with family and friends, the most common prior living situation before becoming homeless. This represents the first significant decrease since the Great Recession. Still, the number of people in poor households living doubled up is 52 percent higher now than in 2007, prior to the recession.
  • The number of poor renter households experiencing severe housing cost burden, those households in poverty paying more than 50 percent of their income toward housing, totaled 6.6 million in 2014, increasing 2.1 percent nationally from 2013, with 33 states seeing an increase.
  • From 2013 to 2014, the number of unemployed people fell 16 percent, and the unemployment rate continued its multi-year decline, falling to 6.2 percent in 2014. Every state and D.C. saw decreases in the number of unemployed people.
  • The number of people in poverty (48.2 million) and the poverty rate (15.5 percent) remained relatively steady in 2014. Thirty-two states and D.C. saw a decrease in the number of people in poverty; 18 saw an increase.

Data taken from

Department of Education Data Show 1.36 Million Homeless Students in U.S.
written by Liza Doran
September 15, 2015

Across the country, school is back in session. Though every new school year brings unique challenges for students, few are as difficult to overcome as those facing homeless students.
Each year, school personnel work to identify every homeless student in their districts while school is in session. This includes students who are living in shelters, motels or hotels, doubled up with family or friends, or on the street. (This measure is different than the one that the Department of Housing and Urban Development uses. Details on these differences can be found here.)
Data released this week by the Department of Education showed that homelessness amongst American students has continued to rise for the sixth year in a row. During the 2013-2014 school year, school personnel identified more than 1.36 million enrolled students as homeless. That’s an 8.2 percent increase from the previous school year and a 45 percent increase from the 2007-2008 school year.

Is your state keeping up with that pace? Some communities are!  According to the Alliance's State of Homelessness in America 2013, chronic homelessness decreased in 29 states and the District of Columbia from 2011 to 2012. Many states even saw large double-digit decreases, including Louisiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Maryland.
Unfortunately the news is not all good. While chronic homelessness is going down, the rate of decrease is not fast enough to achieve the U.S. government’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2015. The Alliance has just released a Data Point brief that details how many chronically homeless people would need to be housed every year between now and the 2016 point-in-time count to meet the goal: almost 25,000 individuals each year. It is achievable, but it will take continued investment in and proper targeting of permanent supportive housing.
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