HUD released the results of its 2011 Point in Time (PIT) count on December 13. The PIT count is conducted by more than 3,000 communities nationwide on a single night in January, and provides a snapshot of the number of people experiencing homelessness on that night.
HUD reports that on the night of the count, 636,017 people experienced homelessness, a decrease of 2.1% from the 2010 count and of 5.3% since 2007. The number of people experiencing homelessness decreased in every category. The largest drop is a 12% decrease from 2010 to 2011 in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness. Overall, HUD reports that on the night of the count veterans made up 14% of homeless adults.
“This new report is good news for the tens of thousands of Veterans we have helped find a home. Our progress in the fight against homelessness has been significant, but our work is not complete until no Veteran has to sleep on the street," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a press release.
HUD attributes the ongoing decline in the number of people experiencing homelessness despite the recession to the one-time $1.5 billion Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) that was part of the 2009 economic stimulus and HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) programs.
The full PIT count report is available at http://www.hudhre.info/index.cfm?do=viewResource&ResourceID=4568