In December of 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1 – Point-In-Time Estimates of Homelessness. This report reflects the Point-In-Time Count, which estimates the number of sheltered and unsheltered homelessness, conducted annually during the last 10 days of January 2018. Some key findings from the report include:
• Approximately 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2018, with about one-third (35%) living in unsheltered locations.
• Though individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness increased by three percent between 2017-2018, the total number is 11% lower than it was in 2007.
• 50% of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness were unsheltered, a higher rate than for all people experiencing homelessness.
• African Americans account for 40% of all people experiencing homelessness, while only accounting for 13% of the U.S. population.