The State of Homelessness in America

National Alliance to End Homelessness and Homelessness Research Institute

The State of Homelessness in America 2016 is the sixth in a series of reports charting progress in ending homelessness in the United States. It is intended to serve as a desktop reference for policymakers, journalists, and community and state leaders.

This report uses the most recently available data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to present national and state trends in homelessness, populations at risk of homelessness, and the types and utilization of homeless assistance. Chapter 1 details national and state trends from 2014 to 2015 in the overall homeless population and subpopulations, including individuals, families, and veterans. Chapter 2 presents trends in populations at risk of homelessness from 2013 to 2014, including households experiencing severe housing cost burden and people living doubled up with family and friends. Chapter 3 analyzes trends in the types and scope of assistance available to people experiencing homelessness and utilization of those resources from 2014 to 2015.