Dec. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON – On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless in the United States. In releasing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s latest national estimate of homelessness, Secretary Shaun Donovan cited as hopeful that even during a historic housing and economic downturn, local communities are reporting significant declines in the number of homeless veterans and those experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. The estimate of the total number of homeless in the United States was 633,782, largely unchanged from 2011's estimate.
HUD’s annual "point-in-time" estimate seeks to measure the scope of homelessness over the course of one night every January. Based on data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties, last January’s estimate reveals a marginal decline in overall homelessness (-0.4%) along with a 7% drop in homelessness among veterans and those experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness.
"We continue to see a stable level of homelessness across our country at a time of great stress for those at risk of losing their housing," Donovan said. "We must redouble our efforts to target our resources more effectively to help those at greatest risk. As our nation’s economic recovery takes hold, we will make certain that our homeless veterans and those living on our streets find stable housing so they can get on their path to recovery."
"This report continues a trend that clearly indicates we are on the right track in the fight to end homelessness among veterans," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "While this is encouraging news, we have more work to do and will not be satisfied until no veteran has to sleep on the street. What success we have achieved is directly attributable to the strong leadership from the president and hard work by all of our federal, state and community partners who are committed to ending veteran homelessness."
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