HUD Reports Slight Increase in 2018 Single-Night Homeless Count
The number of people in the United States who experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018 narrowly increased, although homelessness among veterans and families with children declined, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 people were homeless on a single night in January 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent compared to 2017. The number of veterans fell 5.4 percent and the number of homeless families with children fell 2.7 percent compared to the previous year. The overall increase was the second consecutive year of a bump up after six consecutive years of decreases.