Statistics About Homelessness
"Based on data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties, last January's one-night estimate reveals a 24 percent drop in homelessness among veterans," according to a HUD news release, "and a 16 percent reduction among individuals experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness since 2010." In terms of changes in the homeless population in America, here's a breakdown from the study:
- From 2007 to 2013, homelessness rose in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
- The largest one-year increases from 2012 were in New York (7,864 people), followed by California (5,928), South Carolina (1,629), Massachusetts (1,528), and Maine (623).
- The largest decreases since 2012 were in Florida (7,308) and Colorado (7,014), followed by Texas (4,437), Georgia (3,545), and Washington (2,744).
In announcing the report Thursday, officials credited the program, which pairs federal agencies with local and state initiatives, for helping to reduce the numbers of people who are chronically homeless, as well as the number of veterans who are homeless.
- The advocacy group says that many small groups deserve some credit, as well.
Idaho PIT Count
On the night of January 30, 2013 the PIT Count identified 1,781 homeless men, women and children in Idaho. This represents a 9.5% overall decrease from 2012. Since 2010 there has been a 24% decrease in the homeless population represented in the PIT Count.
Note: Part of the decrease in the number of total homeless persons in 2013 may be attributed to a new HUD housing program type called Rapid Re-housing (RRH). RRH is considered a permanent housing type and as such is not included in the PIT Count.
- There were reclassified RRH programs in 2013 that had been counted in theprior year’s enumeration, but were not included in this year’s count.
The percentage of unsheltered homeless within the total homeless continues to decline from a high of 33% in 2010 to 21% in 2013.
Nez Perce County
- The minimum wage in Idaho as of July 24, 2009 is $7.25/hour (US Department of Labor). That means that before tax wages of a single parent working 40 hours/week is $1160/mon or $13,920/year.
- Yet if you run the numbers on the Economic Policy Institute website, you will find that a single parent with 2 children would need to earn $38,091/year just to meet the basic needs in Nez Perce County.
- This does not cover saving for an emergency, unexpected medical bills, or funds for a savings account.
- All families living in poverty are simply one paycheck away from becoming completely homeless
- The Lewiston School District had 80 homeless students in the 2010-2011 school year.
- There were homeless students enrolled in Clarkston School District during 2010-2011.
Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley
- Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley opened on August 3, 2008 to confront the issues that face families in crisis. Our mission is to partner together to provide positive solutions for homeless families in our community.
- To date, we have served 37 families, including 60 children, that were in crisis in our valley. We provided 7343 meals, provided 11,591 bednights, and work with 20 Partner churches and are growing.