Homeless tents at The White House in DC

Homelessness in the US Increased 12% in 2023

Homeless men sleeping at bus stop in St. Louis. AI Feb 2024
Homeless men sleeping at bus stop in St. Louis. AI Feb 2024

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.

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