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USICH Releases New Report on Chronic Homelessness

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

Homelessness in America: Focus on Chronic Homelessness Among People with Disabilities provides an overview of the scale of chronic homelessness, the experiences of those experiencing chronic homelessness, and opportunities for future research to better understand the need of that population. This report is part of a series of briefs created by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.  

According to the report:

  • 57% of chronically homeless individuals live in major cities, and approximately 24% of individuals experiencing homelessness meet the federal definition of chronic homelessness.  
  • More than half of Permanent Supportive Housing beds are dedicated to people experiencing chronic homelessness. 
  • Chronically homeless individuals with mental conditions have difficulties generating income through employment. They are also more likely to be incarcerated, which has a high likelihood of perpetuating a cycle of homelessness and incarceration.  
  • Males (63%) and African Americans (44%) are overrepresented in the chronic homelessness population.   
  • The report concludes with an overview of research and data collection areas needed to have a better understanding of the needs, barriers, and characteristics of the individuals who experience episodes of chronic homelessness in the United States. 

Click here to read the full report.


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