Homeless Rate Continues to Dip Statewide
A national report suggests homelessness is declining in Indiana. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says nearly 5,900 people in the state were reported as experiencing homelessness, a more than nine percent drop from 2010. Nationwide, homeless rates fell 11 percent in the same five-year period.
Rates of homelessness for families fell over 30 percent and chronic homelessness was down more than 21 percent.
The data also show a national and state drop in homelessness among veterans. Throughout the U.S., it was down 36 percent since 2010 and nearly 11 percent in Indiana during the same period. The data go back to 2007 and show a decrease each year since.
The rates are compiled from HUD’s ‘point-in-time’ estimates, which gather data annually during a single January night.