National homelessness has decreased by 10 percent, according to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. The report revealed even greater declines in homelessness among veterans and persons living on the street.
The report states that 578,424 persons were experiencing homelessness on a single January night in 2014, according to the annually conducted point-in-time counts.
“As a nation, we are successfully reducing homelessness in this country, especially for those who have been living on our streets as a way of life,” HUD Secretary Julian Castro.
The overall decrease in homelessness can be largely attributed to the collaborative Housing First approach.
“The federal government, in partnership with states, communities, and the private and not-for-profit sectors, is focused on widespread implementation of what works to end homelessness,” said Laura Green Zeilinger, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “Continued investment in solutions like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing using a Housing First approach is critical to the effort of every community to one day ensure homelessness is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.”
Since the 2010 launch of the Obama Administration’s Opening Doors campaign, there has been a 33 percent decline in homeless veterans, a 21 percent reduction in chronically homeless, a 15 percent decrease in the number of families with children experiencing homelessness and a 10 percent reduction in overall homelessness.
Despite these promising numbers, more work is still needed across the nation and locally in San Diego.
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