Well It’s Official: HUD Says There Are Less Homeless People
To qualify this, they mean the number of “chronic” homeless people—those people who have been on the streets for several years. Nationally, chronic homelessness represents about 10% of the total population of homelessness.
The reason for such a drop… the shifting of federal dollars from funding shelters to funding permanent housing for chronic homelessness. Here’s what a media outlet said:
“HUD has been shifting resources from emergency shelters to transitional and permanent housing for years. The number of emergency shelter beds dropped by 35 percent from 1996 to 2005, to 217,900, while the number of beds in permanent housing for the homeless increased by 83 percent, to 208,700.”
I would definitely agree that the shifting of funding has occurred in the past few years. And if more funding is targeted toward a 10% target population of homelessness, then a drop of people being homeless in that target group should occur.