Max the disagreement isn't over the facts, its over the numbers.
1. its not a 1% increase its a 3% increase.
2. the 3% is skewed because of the push by the VA to get vets in homes over the last eight years - a 50% reduction.
3. It doesn't address the homeless who do not have any contact with a agency except the police.
The only thing we agree on is that homelessness is increasing at the same time wealth is increasing.
What else we disagree about is why.
from the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
Trends in Homelessness
Compared to the previous year, homelessness increased by 3 percent in the 2019 Point-in-Time Count.
This marked the third straight year of national-level increases.
Despite this negative movement, the long-term trend has been downward. Overall homelessness has decreased by 12 percent since 2007,<Since 2007 there was a reduction until three years ago (hmmm ... three years ago - I wonder what happened then?>
the year nation-wide data collection began. The current COVID-19 crisis has the potential to diminish or completely wipe out these modest gains.
Subpopulations. Existing progress has been uneven. Subpopulations prioritized in policy and practice (including funding decisions) have made the most impressive gains over the last decade. Veterans experienced the greatest decreases in homelessness—50 percent. Other subpopulations have realized smaller reductions that, nevertheless, are larger than those in overall homelessness. They include people in families (29 percent), chronically homeless individuals (9 percent), and people experiencing unsheltered homelessness (10 percent).
One group is noticeably falling behind all others. Individuals have only realized a 0.2 percent reduction in homelessness over the last decade. Some are veterans, unaccompanied youth, and chronically homeless. These subgroups have been experiencing greater progress than individuals more generally—but they only make up a minority of the individuals population and help to mask the delayed progress of a sizable majority who are not veterans, unaccompanied youth, or chronically homeless.
Individuals are also solely responsible for the national-level increases in overall homelessness that occurred over the last three years. Individual homelessness increased by 11 percent over that period even as numbers for people in families continued to decrease.
This upwards trend exists across a broad range of individuals, including the chronically homeless, men, women, and every racial/ethnic group.
States. As with subpopulations, some states are making more progress towards ending homelessness than others.
Thirty states reduced homelessness since the previous year. Long-term trends further highlight the more successful stories. A majority (37) have reduced homelessness since 2007, with the most significant gains occurring in Michigan (-70 percent), Kentucky (-49 percent), and New Jersey (-49 percent).
Other states have more people experiencing homelessness than they did more than a decade ago. Fourteen have seen their numbers increase between 2 and 72 percent over that period. New and decisive action is necessary to ensure these states build real momentum in the fight against homelessness.
Geographic Regions Experiencing the Greatest Challenges
Identifying the regions with the most challenges informs nation-wide efforts to end homelessness.
Counts. One approach is to examine the locations with the highest homeless counts. They include states such as California, Florida, New York, and Texas as well as Continuums of Care (CoCs) serving New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Texas’ Balance of State. These locations share a common characteristic—relatively large general populations. They include major cities and Balance of States encompassing broad expanses of land (with numerous towns and cities).
Fifty-six percent of people experiencing homelessness are in the five states that have the largest homeless counts. More than 1 in 3 are in the twenty CoCs with the highest numbers of people experiencing homelessness. Thus, much of this national challenge is located in a small number of places, with most jurisdictions having a much smaller problem to manage.
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