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2020 Census Redistricting Data Now Available on

Release Number CB20-SFS.157

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.”

From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) press release on December 20, 2019:

Key Findings

“On a single night in January 2019, state and local planning agencies (Continuums of Care) reported:

  • 567,715 people were homeless, representing an overall 2.7 percent increase from 2018 but a nearly 11 percent decline since 2010.
  • 37,085 veterans were reported as homeless, a decline of 2.1 percent from 2018 and 50 percent since 2010.
  • 53,692 families with children experienced homelessness last January, down nearly 5 percent from 2018 and more than 32 percent since 2010.”

Key Stats:

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 2019 AHAR to Congress

More Stats:

The U.S. Census Bureau releases counts of the number of individuals it enumerates in emergency and transitional shelters in the decennial census. However, these counts do not constitute and should not be construed as a count of all people experiencing homelessness or without conventional housing. First, the decennial census does not collect information per se on whether any given individual is homeless, nor is there a widely accepted or standard definition of homelessness. Second, while at any point in time people can be experiencing either short-term or long-term homelessness, the decennial census is not trying to measure this. Rather, the census is trying to make sure everyone is included in the count, regardless of where or how they live. To that end, a number of different efforts are implemented to count people living in different situations — doubled-up with relatives or friends; staying in shelters; living on the streets; and so on.

From 2020CENSUS.GOV:

From the Newsroom:

Note: Considering the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau adjusted 2020 Census operations.

From the 2020 Census > Operational Information:

Source: 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. The Census Bureau does not produce or publish a total count of the homeless population.

Note: The table above is on page 36 of the report. RSMFV means Regularly Scheduled Mobile Food Vans.

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