2011 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
The 2011 AHAR presents the most recent national estimates of homelessness, focusing on people who experience homelessness by themselves, as family members, and as members of specific subpopulations. For each of these populations, the estimates describe how homelessness has changed over time and provide a demographic profile of homelessness in America. The report documents how many people are using shelter programs for homeless people, and how many people are in unsheltered locations. The AHAR is delivered each year to the U.S. Congress, and its contents are used to inform Federal, State, and local policies to prevent and end homelessness.
In addition to the final report, the 2011 Supplemental Report outlines the key findings of the 2011 Point-In-Time (PIT) counts conducted in January 2011. According to the report, 636,017 people were homeless in the United States on a single night in January. This represents a 2.1 percent decline from the year before. HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs also announced a 12 percent decline in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness. The number of veterans experiencing homelessness decreased from 76,329 homeless veterans to 67,495 homeless veterans between January 2010 and January 2011.