On March 18, 2021, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced the release of the 2020 Point-in-Time homeless count results.
580,466 people were counted in shelters, transitional housing, and unsheltered locations
There was a 2.2% increase in people counted from 2019
Increases were seen among chronically homeless and unsheltered individuals
The state of California had the highest number of people experiencing homelessness = 161,548
The state of New York had the highest rate by population = 47 per 10,000 residents
These are pre-pandemic estimates from January 2020
The 2021 count was severely affected by the pandemic.
Several major cities opted out of the street count.
The pandemic's impact on homelessness is yet to be determined.
The PIT estimates are staggering but limited.
It's time to develop more ethical and accurate methods of enumerating homelessness.
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