Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress – 2011
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) on June 14, 2011. According to the findings, levels of homelessness in the United States have stayed flat from 2009 to 2010. Overall homelessness increased by one percent, rising to 649,917 according to the annual point-in-time counts. The number of homeless individuals, unsheltered homeless persons, and homeless persons in families showed marginal increases of 0.75 percent, 2.76 percent, and 1.61 percent, respectively.
The number of chronically homeless individuals declined by one percent; the steady and continual decline of chronic homelessness reflects the success of local and federal efforts to implement best practices to serve chronically homeless people. The report also offers findings from annual prevalence data and the impact of the federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)
Details of the report for Indiana include a homeless population of 6,452 persons in 2010. The percent change from 2009 to 2010 was a decline of 7.62 percent in the overall homeless population. The overall homeless population declined from 2007-2010 by 12.31 percent. From a quick investigation of the data it appears that the St. Joseph County Continuum of Care accounted for the majority of the reduction, while the Indianapolis Continuum of Care and the Indiana Balance of State Continuum of Care were relatively flat.