By: Jason

Last month the National Alliance to End Homeless released their annual report on the state of homelessness in America for 2013.  The study presents the statistical trends that have been analysed by gathering data through various methods such as HMIS databases and point-in-time census counts.  After reading the report, I went through and collected some of the highlights of information, particularly as it pertains to homelessness in Georgia and Georgia’s position in comparison with the rest of the country.  We realize that statistics can be problematic for a variety of reasons, and without having had the opportunity to truly offer opinion on the meaning of these numbers, we seek merely to present them as-is for your own benefit and use.

• Page 6: 38% of the national homeless population consists of families with children. 16% are considered chronically homeless.
• Page 7: Trends in the homeless population show a decrease in chronic homelessness  by 7% between 2011 and 2012. The number of people experiencing homelessness as families increased by 1.4% during this same period.
• Page 9: Between 2005 and 2012 there was an overall drop in homelessness of -129,228. Chronic homelessness decreased by 76,020, according to the report’s data.
• Page 10-11: GA shows a 22% drop in chronic homelessness between 2011-2012. This ranks 6th nationally.
• Page 12: The estimate of children experiencing homelessness at some time was an increase of 3,246 between 2011 and 2012.
• Page 14: Based on point-in-time numbers for January 2012, 38% of those experiencing homelessness were unsheltered, however the report does cite the limitations of these figures based on point-in-time rules and the     imprecise nature of the data collection.
• Page 15: In dealing particularly with chronic homelessness, GA was showing improvement in many factors for 2011-2012.
• Page 17: Nationally, between 2007-2011, median household income decreased 8.3% while fair market rent increased by 15.1%.
• Page 19: For GA (2010-2011), there was a 3% decrease in median household income while the number of persons in poverty increased by 8% during the same period.
• Page 20: Overall, employment from 2010-2011 has increased, but so has the poverty rate.
• Page 21: Despite this increase in the poverty rate, GA has only spent 1% more on Medicaid spending during that time.
• Page 22: Also, GA’s per-capita public assistance spending during the same time has decreased by 13%
• Page 24: GA has seen a 14% increase from 2010-2011 in poor renter households with severe housing cost burden.
• Page 33: GA has the 5th largest homeless population. Our overall number decreased by 459 persons between 2011-2012, but our rate is 20.9%, ranking us 39th in the country.
• Page 34: GA’s chronically homeless population accounts for 14.6% of overall homeless figures, and has decreased by 22.2% between 2011-2012, according to the report’s data.
• Page 35: However, GA has increased in numbers of both families and veterans who are experiencing homelessness.
• Page 37: GA’s sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations have decreased, by .5% and 4.6%, respectively, from 2011-2012.
• Page 38: GA’s median household income has decreased by 3.47% between 2010-2011.
• Page 39: There are nearly 200,000 more people in poverty in GA between 2010-2011.
• Page 41: Per capita social spending has decreased by 12.9% during the same time.
• Page 43: In same time period as before, GA’s number of individuals living in severe housing cost burden has increased by 13.8%.

To read the full report.