Providing Hope actively supports the Homeless within our Community and offers programs that are instrumental to the eradication of homelessness for those we have the privilege of serving. HUD creates an annual report on homelessness you may want to read by clicking the thumbnail below.
In 2017 the national homeless rate was 553,742 and in the Washington DC area it was 7,473. Virginias homeless rate was 6,067 and in major cities throughout the United States the numbers are likely much higher than reported. Providing Hope will serve the Northern Virginia area however will not turn away others from different areas.
Please read our Programs page to learn what we do and how and also see our Volunteers page to get involved. Our Raffle page gives you the opportunity to support Providing Hope and the work we do in our community and we thank you in advance for your contribution.
On a single night in 2017, 553,742 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. For every 10,000 people in the country, 17 were experiencing homelessness. Approximately two-thirds (65%) were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, and about one-third (35%) were in unsheltered locations.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in families with children declined by five percent between 2016 and 2017—10,055 fewer people and 3,294 fewer family households. As of 2017, 184,661 people in families with children were experiencing homelessness, 33 percent of the homeless population.
There were 12 percent more individuals with chronic patterns of homelessness in 2017 than in 2016, but has declined by 27 percent since 2007. Unlike other increases in the last year, the increase in chronic homelessness included both sheltered populations (8% increase) and unsheltered populations (14% increase).
Homelessness increased for the first time in seven years. The number of people experiencing homelessness increased by a little less than one percent between 2016 and 2017. This increase reflected a nine percent increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in unsheltered locations, which was partially offset by a three percent decline in the number of people experiencing homelessness in sheltered locations.
Recent increases in homelessness were driven mostly by specific changes happening within cities. Increases in the numbers of unsheltered individuals in the 50 largest cities accounted for nearly all of the national increase.
In 2017, 40,799 people were experiencing homelessness as unaccompanied youth—that is, people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness on their own. Most unaccompanied youth (88%) were between the ages of 18 and 24. Unaccompanied youth were more likely to be unsheltered (55%) than both all people experiencing homelessness (35%) and all people experiencing homelessness as individuals (48%).
Between 2016 and 2017, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness increased for the first time since 2010. Nonetheless, homelessness among veterans dropped 45 percent since 2009. The two percent increase during the past year was almost entirely accounted for by increases among unsheltered veterans in major cities.
* Key findings taken from The 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress
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