Key Findings of HUD’s 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1:
On a single night in January 2020, 580,466 people – about 18 of every 10,000 people in the United States – experienced homelessness across the United States. This represents a 2.2 percent increase from 2019.
After steady reductions from 2010 to 2016, homelessness has increased in the last four consecutive years.
The increase in homelessness was due to the rise in unsheltered individuals (a 7 percent increase from 2019) and this increase impacted the large increase in individuals experiencing chronic homelessness (a 15 percent increase since 2019). The increase in unsheltered homelessness is driven largely by increases in California and coincide with increases in overall homelessness.
Veteran homelessness did not decline in 2020. 2020 was the first year that homelessness among family households did not fall since 2010.
Youth homelessness is slightly down (a 2.2 percent decrease from 2019).
People of color are significantly over-represented among people experiencing homelessness.
Read the full report about homelessness in 2020 at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.