North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

The State of Homelessness in America 2015

On April 2. 2015, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released its report, "The State of Homelessness in America 2015."

The report examines national and state trends in homelessness, risk of homelessness, and the assistance that is available for people experiencing homelessness.

  • Overall homelessness declined 2.3 percent from 2013, during the economic recovery, with 37 states, including Washington, DC, and territories, showing declines in overall homelessness (homelessness increased in 23).
  • The risk of homelessness is not declining despite the recovery from the recession. 7.7 million people were living with family and friends in 2013, an increase of 67 percent since 2007. There were 6.4 million poor households paying most of their income on housing in 2013, an increase of 25 percent since 2007.
  • The nation is in the midst of a shift toward Housing First interventions like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing, with rapid re-housing capacity nearly doubling from 2012 to 2013 – from about 20,000 to 38,000 beds.
  • On a given night, about 154,000 more people were experiencing homelessness than there were beds available to assist them.

Download the report here or read it on the NAEH website.