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HUD issues 2008 annual homeless assessment report to Congress
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today issued its 2008 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress , a national study that explores changes in homelessness nationwide. HUD’s assessment concludes that while overall homelessness in America held fairly steady from 2007 to 2008, the number of homeless families, particularly those living in suburban and rural areas, increased.
In addition to the annual report, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD will, for the first time ever, begin measuring homelessness on a quarterly basis to gain a better understanding of the impact of the current economic crisis on homelessness. The first “Homeless Pulse Project ” for the first quarter of 2009 is now available.
“The annual report tells us a great deal but it also begs many questions about how today’s housing crisis and job losses are playing out in our shelters and on our streets,” said Secretary Donovan. “The Administration’s aggressive approach to economic recovery recognizes that during these difficult times, families in certain areas of the country are at extreme risk of falling into homelessness. With our new Quarterly Homeless Pulse Report, we will be able to better understand the impact of the current economic crisis on homelessness across the country.”
According to the 2008 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, between 2007 and 2008, the number of sheltered homeless individuals remained virtually the same while the number of homeless families seeking shelter increased by nine percent overall, and by nearly 56 percent in suburban and rural areas.
HUD measures homelessness through the Annual Homeless Assessment Report in two ways:
The changing patterns of homelessness between 2007 and 2008 also provide potential indicators of how the economic crisis may be affecting homelessness in America. For example, many more sheltered homeless persons are coming from housed living arrangements just prior to entering the shelter system and most of these persons appear to be wearing out their welcome with family and friends. The report also demonstrates that many more people are coming from stable living arrangements, or places where they lived for one year or more.
HUD’s year-long sample of HMIS data found the following characteristics of all sheltered homeless persons (see p. 25 ):
HUD’s first “Homeless Pulse Project ” focuses on data from nine geographically diverse areas across the country. These communities measured the number of homeless individuals seeking shelter from January to March, 2009 (see attached).
These areas reported the following changes in their sheltered homeless population during the first quarter of 2009:
HUD is the nation’s housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov  and espanol.hud.gov 
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 2008 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress: http://www.hudhre.info/documents/4thHomelessAssessmentReport.pdf
 Homeless Pulse Project: http://www.hudhre.info/documents/HomelessnessPulseProjectJul09.pdf
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