How can we support those affected by homelessness?
More than 500,000 people were homeless on a single night across the US in 2017. During the recession of 2007-2009 more than 3.2 million jobs were eliminated and 1.2 million homes foreclosed. Therefore the recession is still felt and the population is still highly affected. Nationwide, more than 40 million are living in poverty and 18.5 million are living in deep poverty with family income less than ½ of the poverty threshold.
Ten states with the highest homeless rates account for 55% of the homeless population. At the top of the list are New York, Hawaii, Oregon, California, and the District of Columbia top this list. These states also hold the highest housing costs among the nations. The most prevalent homeless assistance intervention is permanent supportive housing, followed by rapid rehousing and transitional housing.