According to the latest data available:
- Homelessness reached a record high in 2023. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported a 12% increase compared to 2022, with roughly 653,100 people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2023.
- This spike follows years of gradual rise. Since 2017, homelessness has increased by 6% overall.
- The increase is seen across all demographics. It affects individuals, families with children, and veterans.
Several factors contribute to this rise:
- Rising housing costs: Rents have been steadily increasing, making it difficult for many people to afford stable housing.
- End of pandemic aid: The expiration of federal programs like the eviction moratorium and expanded unemployment benefits during the pandemic likely pushed more people into homelessness.
- Lack of affordable housing: The US faces a shortage of affordable housing units, further limiting options for low-income individuals and families.
It’s important to note that these statistics represent snapshots in time and might not capture the full scope of the issue. Additionally, homelessness can be a complex issue with diverse causes and experiences for individuals.
Here are some resources for further information: