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HUD Report Indicates Decline in Veterans Homelessness

14 December 2011
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

The Dept of Housing and Urban Development released the 2011 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness: Supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report on Dec. 13, which finds that homelessness among veterans in the U.S. declined by 12% from 2010 to 2011.  HUD's annual Point-In-Time (PIT) estimate of the number of homeless persons and families is based on data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties.

HUD reports that many communities reported modest declines in homeless in every category or subpopulation measured including individuals, families, and those experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness.  HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan commented on the declines in homelessness:

 “It’s remarkable that in the wake of the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, we’re witnessing an across-the-board drop in homelessness.  This tells us that the Obama Administration’s homelessness strategy is working and the results spur us to continue working to end homelessness in America once and for all.” 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki offered praise to the community organizations working to assisting homeless veterans:

“We have been successful in achieving this milestone due to strong leadership from the President and hard work by countless community organizations and our federal, state, and local partners who are committed to helping Veterans and their families get back on their feet.”

CT's PIT data, released by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, shows a more mixed picture.  Family homelessness rose, as did the number of those experiencing chronic homelessness. The number of  veterans experiencing homelessness declined.

Overall, CT's sheltered homelessness population was counted at 3,756 persons on a single night in January 2011, compared to 3,832 in 2010; the unsheltered 2011 count was 695 persons compared to 506 persons in 2009, when the previous unsheltered PIT count was performed.

More data from Connecticut's 2011 PIT count is available in this fact sheet published by CCEH.  
The 2011 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness: Supplement to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report is available here.  
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