2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. This report outlines the key findings of the 2015 Point-In-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) conducted in January 2015. Specifically, this report provides 2015 national, state, and CoC-level PIT and HIC estimates of homelessness, as well as estimates of chronically homeless persons, homeless veterans, and homeless children and youth.
HUD’s 2015 AHAR found that there has been an overall 11% decrease and 26% drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when President Obama launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Between 2010 and January 2015, veteran homelessness declined 36%, family homelessness declined 19%, and chronic homelessness among individuals declined 22%. The report shows that certain communities are making significant positive progress, while others are struggling in light of the widespread housing affordability crisis, budget shortages, or slow adoption of best practices.
Read the AHAR on the HUD Exchange website.