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According to the State of Homelessness: 2023 Edition (https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/state-of-homelessness/#homelessness-trends-over-time), the trends related to individuals experiencing homelessness are alarming.  The 2022 Point-in-Time Count reflected record highs in the history of data collection.  Shelters are key components of America’s response to homelessness.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain trends have emerged in relation to shelter utilization.  Nationwide, the number of people living unsheltered decreased most years between 2007 and 2015.  However, mirroring the pattern for individuals experiencing homelessness, that trend has made an about-face turn.  The unsheltered population nationwide has grown yearly since 2015, amounting to a 35 percent increase over a seven-year span.  In the lead up to the pandemic, the nationwide poverty rate had decreased for five consecutive years.  But in 2020, that streak ended and the number of people living in poverty increased by approximately 3.3 million people. 

 

Challenges appear to be tied to western states that are both diverse and highly immersed in affordable housing crises; including Arizona’s homeless population, which between 2007 and 2022, has increased by 33%. Certain racial groups have even higher rates of homelessness and poverty including American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and Black people.  Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2022 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR).

 

For over a decade, our nation has not made any real progress in reducing the number of Americans at risk of homelessness.  And despite the addition of more shelter beds, fewer people are staying in these shelter facilities.