One Annual nationwide survey of the homeless It was completed before the epidemic and increased for the twenty-fourth year released on Thursday, with around 580,000 individuals living on the streets or in temporary shelters in early 2020.
But the report certainly underestimates the spread, depth and urgency of the crisis, and not the slightest, federal officials have warned.
The report does not reflect the displacement and hardship of families who lost work as a result of a sharp decline when coronoviruses invaded the country soon after the census was conducted, said Markia Fuse, That has been confirmed Last week as President Biden’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Ms. Fudgey, a former Democratic congressman from Ohio, said, “It is even more devastating with these findings that they are based on data from before Kovid-19, and we know that the epidemic only made the homeless crisis worse is.” Said in a video With the release.
He said, “We have a moral responsibility to end homelessness.
HUD officials say the impact of the epidemic on homelessness will not be known for a while. But a two-nationwide ban on expulsions implemented since last spring has slowed the pace of displacement, though Report of a Government Accountability Office The program released this week showed that the programs were not universally effective.
More help is on the way. The administration’s $ 1.9 trillion relief package includes $ 21.55 billion for emergency rental assistance, $ 5 billion in emergency housing vouchers for families displaced by the epidemic economic decline, $ 5 billion for homeless assistance and $ 850 million for tribal and rural housing.
Even before the crisis, homelessness was re-emerging as a major problem, particularly in large cities such as New York and Los Angeles, accounting for a quarter of homeless people in the two largest cities in the country.
Annual snapshot calculations taken on a single night in January 2020, a 2 percent year-over-year increase in homeless, and alarming trends of concern: For the first time in years, homelessness among the elderly and families – two groups targeted in recent federal days Housing efforts did not improve.
The homeless affect the Black and Latino communities with disgruntled force. About 40 percent were Black, compared to their 13 percent representation in the population, and a quarter of the homeless self-identified as Latino, which makes up about 18 percent of all Americans.
The number of people living on the street, the most visible reminder of a crisis that plays out in shelters as well as among “couch people” forced to relocate with family or friends, is on the rise. For the first time since the annual homeless assessment report Was released in February 2007The number of single adults living on the street, 209,000, was more than the number of people counted in shelters, about 199,500.
About 106,000 out of every six homeless people were children under 18 years of age. Most people live in shelter sites. But at least 11,000 people live outside, without shelter, the report found.