HUD Releases 2012 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness
HUD's annual 'point-in-time' (PIT) estimate seeks to measure the scope of homelessness over the course of one night every January. Based on data reported by local communities on a single night in January 2012:
- 633,782 people were homeless. This is largely unchanged (-0.4%) from January 2011, and represents a reduction of 5.7% since 2007. 62% of homeless persons are individuals while 38% are in families.
- Veteran homelessness fell by 7.2% (4,876 persons) since January 2011 and by 17.2% since January 2009. On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veterans were homeless.
- Persons experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness declined 6.8% (7,254 persons) from 2011 and 19.3% (23,939 persons) since 2007.
- Homelessness among individuals declined 1.4% (5,457) from a year ago and 6.8% since 2007. Meanwhile, the number of homeless families increased slightly by 1.4 % from last year although family homelessness has declined 3.7% since 2007.