A total of 582,462 people experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2022, just a 0.3% increase since the last count in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in an announcement on Monday.
Unsheltered homelessness increased 3.4% compared with the 2020 count, while sheltered homelessness decreased 1.6%. Veteran homelessness decreased 11% during that time, and homelessness among families with children declined 6%. Black and indigenous people remain overrepresented among those experiencing homelessness, HUD stated.
In conjunction with the release of the annual point-in-time count, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness released a plan that aims to reduce homeless 25% by 2025. The plan recommits the federal government to “proven” models for addressing homelessness, such as housing first, the Biden administration said in a press release.
Read the full article about the unchanged homeless population by Danielle McLean at Smart Cities Dive.