California leads the nation in homelessness according to HUD’s 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, according to a story on the 24/7 Wall St. website.
The report revealed telling data about homeless population concentrations at state levels. Roughly 50 percent of the nation’s homeless reside in the following five states: California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Massachusetts. California has the largest concentration of homeless at 20 percent or 113,952 people, followed by New York (14 percent), Florida (7 percent), Texas (5 percent) and Massachusetts (4 percent).
Despite the having the largest concentration of homeless, California has made substantial progress in ending homelessness. Between 2013 and 2014, California experienced the second largest decrease in homelessness (4,600 people), Florida ranked first with 6,320 fewer people. Long-term, California has made even greater strides; between 2007 and 2014, California’s homelessness rates declined the most nationwide, by 25,034 people.
As the Annual Homeless Assessment Report highlighted, more work is still needed in California but the state’s progress is a positive indicator of future success.