Every year communities count the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night during the last week of January. This effort is called the Point-in-Time (PIT) count and is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A report detailing the findings of the 2014 PIT - Part 1 of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress - has recently been released.
HUD reports that the January 2014 PIT counted 578,424 people experiencing homelessness, which represents an 11% decrease in overall U.S. homelessness since 2007. The largest decline has occurred for Veterans experiencing homelessness, with a 32% decrease between 2007 and 2014. Other key findings include:
- Two out of five people who are homeless are living in small cities, suburbs, or regional CoC’s.
- 8% of the total homeless population is unaccompanied youth.
- The average size of families experiencing homelessness decreased by 2%.
- 60% of those experiencing family homelessness were children under age 18.
- Of those Veterans who are homeless, 10% are female.
- Two out of three of those who are chronically homeless were unsheltered in 2014.
In Connecticut, the 2014 PIT count found 4,450 people who were experiencing homelessness.
Click here to read Part 1 of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.