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 under-served.
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Hezekiah Walker
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Point in Time Count Jacksonville, FL January 2019

The State of Homelessness in America

There are an estimated 553,742 people in the United States experiencing homelessness on a given night, according to the most recent national point-in-time estimate (January 2017). This represents a rate of approximately 17 people experiencing homelessness per every 10,000 people in the general population.

The total number of people experiencing homelessness increased slightly compared with 2016, but the rate per 10,000 people is at its lowest value on record. This is because overall population growth is outpacing the growth of homelessness. Homelessness rates in individual states ranged from highs of 110 and 51 in the District of Columbia (D.C.) and Hawaii, to 5 in Mississippi.
In 2017, the vast majority of the homeless population lived in some form of shelter or in transitional housing (360,867 people) at the time of the point-in-time count. Approximately 34 percent (192,875 people) lived in a place not meant for human habitation, such as the street or an abandoned building. Single individuals comprised 66.7 percent of all people experiencing homelessness (369,081 people), with the remaining 33.3 percent being people in families (184,661 adults and children). Looking further, 7.2 percent were veterans (40,056 veterans), and 7.4 percent were unaccompanied children and young adults (40,799 children and young adults).
From 2016 to 2017, homelessness increased nationally by 0.7 percent. The largest increases were among unaccompanied children and young adults (14.3 percent increase), individuals experiencing chronic homelessness (12.2 percent increase), and people experiencing unsheltered homelessness (9.4 percent increase). The number of people in families experiencing homelessness decreased 5.2 percent.
Between 2007 and 2017, homelessness decreased overall and across every major category of homelessness nationally. Overall homelessness decreased 14.4 percent. The most dramatic decreases in homelessness have been among veterans (34.3 percent), individuals experiencing chronic homelessness (27.4 percent), and people living in unsheltered locations (24.6 percent).

State Trends in Homelessness
From 2016 to 2017:
  • 30 states and Washington, D.C. reported decreases in overall homelessness, while 20 states reported increases. Georgia reported the largest decrease of 2,735 people experiencing homelessness, and Massachusetts reported a decrease of 2,043 people. California reported the largest increase by far, with 16,136 additional people experiencing homelessness. New York reported the second largest increase—3,151 people.
  • A majority of states followed national declining trends for people in families. 37 states and D.C. reported decreases, with the largest decreases reported in Massachusetts (1,876 people) and Georgia (892 people).
  • A slight majority of states mirrored national increases in unsheltered homelessness (28 states and Washington, D.C.) and chronic homelessness among individuals (28 states). California reported the largest increase in unsheltered homelessness by far (13,252 people) as well as the largest increase in chronically homeless individuals (5,996 people).
  • Contrary to national increases, most states reported decreases in the number of homeless veterans (36 states and Washington, D.C.) and homeless individuals (28 states and D.C.). The divergence between the aggregate national and state trends was largely driven by increases in California. Georgia reported the largest decrease in homeless veterans (343 people) as well as the largest decrease in homeless individuals (1,843 people).

Here are a few of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about homelessness and the Alliance’s role in helping to end homelessness in America.

Q: How many people are homeless?
A: On a given night in 2018, 553,742 people experienced homelessness in the U.S.  Between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017, an estimated 950,497 people used an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs consider a person to be homeless if they are sleeping outside, in a place not meant for human habitation such as a car or abandoned building, or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. Other federal agencies have different definitions for homelessness.
Q: Who experiences homelessness?
A: On a single night in 2018, an estimated:
  • 180,413 people in families, including children, experienced homelessness.
  • 372,417 single individuals experienced homelessness.
  • 88,640 individuals had chronic patterns of homelessness.
  • 37,878 veterans experienced homelessness.
Q: Why do people become homeless?
A: Reasons vary, but the main reason people become homeless is because they cannot find housing they can afford. Other factors can include a chronic health condition, domestic violence and systemic inequality. Read more about the causes of homelessness.
Q: Is there a solution to homelessness?
A: Yes. A home. To end homelessness, the nation will need an adequate supply of housing that is affordable to lower income households. Until that problem is solved, the homeless system will help people quickly return to housing, connect to employment, and get needed services and support. Read more about specific solutions to homelessness.

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