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Homelessness decrease1.4 % in Illinois 2018

12/26/2018, 3:19 p.m.
Since 2010, homelessness in Illinois has declined by over 26% Homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018, according ...

Since 2010, homelessness in Illinois has declined by over 26%

Homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to found that nationally 552,830 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since last year. Meanwhile, homelessness among veterans fell 5.4 percent and homelessness experienced by families with children declined 2.7 percent nationwide since 2017.

As in previous years, there is significant local variation in the data reported from different parts of the country. Thirty-one (31) states and the District of Columbia reported decreases in homelessness between 2017 and 2018 while 19 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness.

“Communities across the country are getting better and better at making sure that people exit homelessness quickly through Housing First approaches,” said Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “We know, however, that a lack of housing that people can afford is the fundamental obstacle to making further progress in many communities.”

HUD’s national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care,” along with tens of thousands of volunteers, seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings. These one-night ‘snapshot’ counts, as well as full-year counts and data from other sources (U.S. Housing Survey, Department of Education), are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress toward reducing it.

ILLINOIS Key Findings of HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report:

On a single night in January 2018, state and local planning agencies (Continuums of Care) reported:

· 10,643 people were homeless representing a decline of 1.4% from 2017 and 26.1 percent decrease since 2010.

· Some homeless persons were unsheltered (1,942), while most (8,701) persons were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs.

· The number of families with children experiencing homelessness in 2018 (1,223) declined 0.4 percent since 2017 (-5).

· On a single night in January 2018, 804 veterans experienced homelessness, a decline of 6.9 percent (or by 60 persons) since January 2017. Since 2010, Veteran homelessness in Illinois declined by 329 or 29 percent.

· Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals (1,625) increased 10.2 percent (or 150 persons) over 2017 levels.

NATIONAL Key Findings of HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report:

On a single night in January 2018, state and local planning agencies (Continuums of Care) reported:

· 552,830 people were homeless representing an overall 0.3 percent increase from 2017 but a 13.2 percent decrease since 2010. This small increase is due to two factors:

  1. a 2.3 percent increase of unsheltered homelessness; and, 2. nearly 4,000 persons staying in emergency shelters set up in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate; western wildfires; and other storms and events.