Based on the latest estimates from the U.S. government, there were 552,830 people experiencing homelessness across the United States in January 2018, essentially unchanged from the same time last year.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development delivers to Congress annual estimates of homelessness across the nation. The estimates show a great deal of variation in homelessness across the country.
Homelessness is on the rise in a number of major U.S. metropolitan areas, many of which are struggling to manage these increases. These are are 48 major U.S. cities struggling to shelter growing homeless populations.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the share of each state’s unsheltered homeless population out of the total homeless population. Nationwide, approximately two-thirds of homeless people were staying in sheltered locations, such as emergency shelters and different government housing programs. Meanwhile, one-third of homeless people lived on the street, in abandoned buildings, and other unsheltered places.