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National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day: December 21, 2018

Release Number CB18-SFS.158
Component ID: #ti1840477939

From the National Health Care for the Homeless Council: “On National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day (HPMD) – commemorated annually since 1990 on or about December 21, the first day of winter and longest night of the year – communities across the country come together to remember those who have died without stable housing, to reflect on the shocking inhumanity of homelessness, and to call for meaningful policy changes to ensure that no life is lived or lost in homelessness. Each HPMD event is unique to its community, but the commemorations often include reading of names, candles, prayers, personal remembrances, marches, and moments of silence.”

The 2017 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:

“On a single night in 2017, 553,742 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. For every 10,000 people in the country, 17 were experiencing homelessness. Approximately two-thirds (65%) were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, and about one-third (35%) were in unsheltered locations. Homelessness increased for the first time in seven years.

“The number of people experiencing homelessness increased by a little less than one percent between 2016 and 2017. This increase reflected a nine percent increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in unsheltered locations, which was partially offset by a three percent decline in the number of people experiencing homelessness in sheltered locations.”

Key Stats:

People in emergency and transitional shelters were enumerated as part of the 2010 Census Service-Based Enumeration (SBE) operation. The SBE was conducted at service locations (emergency and transitional shelters, food kitchens, and regularly scheduled mobile food vans) and targeted nonsheltered outdoor locations to provide an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness to be included in the census.

Note: The table above is on page 14 of the report.

Note: The map above is on page 13 of the report.


From the 2020 Census Operational Plan:
“Enumerate people living or staying in group quarters and provide an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness and receiving service at service-based locations, such as soup kitchens, to be counted in the census.”

Stats from Other Federal Agencies:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress in two parts. Part 1 provides Point-in-Time estimates of homelessness, offering a snapshot of homelessness on a single night in late January of each year.

Note: The above exhibit is on page 8 of the report. According to a news release from HUD, “Beginning on October 31, 2018 communities can upload their official Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data for use in the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress…”

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