North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Geography of Homelessness Report

Today, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released the final Geography of Homelessness report. This report includes all of the previous issues in the Geography of Homelessness series and features a new section on the distribution of emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing beds across the country. This new section examines the composition of the bed inventory for each of the five geographic categories (Rural to Urban) to determine if differences exist among them. The newest section also examines the ratio of homeless people to beds available in each geographic category. Additionally, it examines the beds "under development" -- that is, fully funded but not yet in use -- to determine by how much the inventory of each bed type will increase in each geographic category. This analysis found that emergency shelter comprises a larger share of the bed inventory in the more rural categories, while transitional housing and permanent supportive housing represent a larger portion of the bed inventory in the more urban categories. Additionally, in each geographic category, the largest percentage of inventory "under development" is permanent supportive housing.
 
 
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