North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

HUD Homelessness Pulse Project: January 2010

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its third Homelessness Pulse Report on the Homelessness Resource Exchange in February 2010. HUD is collaborating with nine Continuums of Care (CoCs) across the country to collect more timely data on the status of sheltered homelessness. The nine participating CoCs represent about 12 percent of the country's overall shelter and transitional housing capacity. This sample of CoCs helps HUD to supplement its yearly reports, including the Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. Collected quarterly, data from the pulse reports are intended to assess what effects the current economic crisis and factors such as unemployment and foreclosures have on the number of people experiencing homelessness.
 
The most recent pulse report collected data at the end of September 2009 and compared it with data from the two pervious quarters. Seven of the nine participating CoCs provided data for this quarter's report. The number of sheltered homeless people increased 8 percent across these sites since June of last year; all but one CoC experienced an increase in the total sheltered count. In addition, the total count of sheltered people in families increased by 10 percent from the previous quarter. Compared to the second quarter, all sites saw an increase in the number of people who were homeless for the first time during the third quarter. Overall, there was a 26 percent increase in the total number of people accessing emergency shelters or transitional housing programs for the first time. The information in the report is broken down by specific CoCs, as well as by several demographic characteristics.
 
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