News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

PIT Data Spotlight: Chronic Homelessness and the Work Ahead

Man sitting in chair_ holding a cane. Communities across America reported in their annual Point-in-Time counts that they had reduced chronic homelessness among people with disabilities by 27% since 2010 and by 7% between 2015 and 2016 alone. Looking at this data more closely, it is worth noting:
  • In smaller cities, counties, and regional Continuums of Care, chronic homelessness was reduced between 2015 and 2016 by an even greater 13%, and unsheltered chronic homelessness by 18%.
  • Some major cities experienced an increase in the number of people with disabilities experiencing chronic homelessness between 2015 and 2016, leading to a 2% increase among major city Continuums of Care as a whole.
  • More than 68% of people counted as experiencing chronic homelessness were staying in unsheltered locations, more than twice the rate of unsheltered homelessness (32%) among all people experiencing homelessness. 
As we look ahead to the new year, we should reflect on this data, the progress we have made, the strategies that got us there, and the urgent work we still have left to do to provide housing and support to this vulnerable population. 

Leading the Way in Health and Housing Integration

Conceptual hands holding a home with medical cross symbol painted on it. The eight states chosen for an intensive technical assistance initiative designed to help strengthen collaboration between state Medicaid, housing, and behavioral health agencies came together recently in Washington to review their accomplishments and discuss the work ahead. 

Policy Director Lindsay Knotts discusses the progress these states are making.

Miami Makes Progress on Chronic Homelessness Through Data-Driven Decision Making  

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Using data to guide their discussions with stakeholders, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust expanded the supply of supportive housing and street outreach for people experiencing chronic homelessness in South Florida, with noteworthy results.  
Vicki Mallette, executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, explains.

Promising Practices for Counting Youth - Webinar Recording and Slides Now Available!

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We need your help in getting the strongest possible data on youth experiencing homelessness during the 2017 Point-in-Time count. The 2017 count will be the baseline against which we'll measure our progress in ending youth homelessness.

Review the recording and slides to hear about community best practices, Voices of Youth Count resources, and tips from our federal partners at HUD, HHS, and ED.

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