Abt Associates, in partnership with HUD, has released the The 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR).
Key findings include:
- In 2014, an estimated 1.49 million people used a shelter program at some point during the reporting year, a 4.6 percent increase since 2013. This marked the first year sheltered homelessness has grown in the U.S. since 2010.
- The number of homeless Veterans in the U.S. declined by 8,160 people between 2013 and 2014, while the number of people in families with children using shelters increased by 21,702 people during that same period in time.
- Between 2007 and 2014, the number of adults entering shelter after staying on the street or in other places not meant for human habitation increased by 48.3 percent.
- In 2014, adults with disabilities were almost 4 times more likely to be homeless in shelter than adults without disabilities.
- In 2014, about half of children in families using shelter programs were under the age of 6.
Congratulations to Doreen Fadus, our Network’s co-chair. The Republican reports that Doreen has been tapped to serve as President of the Board for National Health Care for the Homeless Council, a network of more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, social workers, patients, and advocates who work to eliminate homelessness by ensuring comprehensive health care and secure housing for all. In this role, Doreen will serve as the Council’s lead representative on the national stage for advocacy issues such as the Accountable Care Act, Medicaid reimbursements and housing and health collaboration.
Joe Finn and Michael Durkin write in Commonwealth Magazine about the Massachusetts innovative pay-for-success model:
Now, it is time to begin housing the homeless in Boston and across the state–for good. The goal of the new pay for success initiative launched last month by the Commonwealth is to place nearly half of the state’s chronically homeless population in supportive housing. There are an estimated 1,590 chronically homeless individuals in Massachusetts. That means if the effort is successful, up to 800 of these chronically homeless individuals will be placed in supportive housing.
Long-term homeless persons with histories of cycling in and out of emergency and acute care are best served by being housed. This approach ends their homelessness and their reliance on emergency resources, ultimately serving as a more cost-effective and efficient approach to creating change that lasts.
Click to read the full article: Dealing with Chronic Homelessness: Pay for Success Approach Show Promise.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette published an editorial this morning that featured the Western MA Opening Doors Plan to End Homelessness. The editorial – Attack on area homelessness will include more than veterans – was written in the context of Northampton Mayor Narkewicz joining the Mayors’ Challenge to End Homelessness (thank you Mayor Narkewicz!). The Gazette reached out to the Network to understand this initiative in the broader context of the effort to end homelessness. And we answered with The Plan.
Leading the local charge for that broader effort is the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness, which sets as its goal making homelessness in the state’s four western counties “rare, brief and non-recurring.”
What immediate gratification on the framework this Plan offers to the wider world around what we are doing, what we are seeking and how we plan to make it happen. Our success has already begun.