Abt Associates, in partnership with HUD, has released the The 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR).

Key findings include:

  • In 2014, an estimated 1.49 million people used a shelter program at some point during the reporting year, a 4.6 percent increase since 2013. This marked the first year sheltered homelessness has grown in the U.S. since 2010.
  • The number of homeless Veterans in the U.S. declined by 8,160 people between 2013 and 2014, while the number of people in families with children using shelters increased by 21,702 people during that same period in time.
  • Between 2007 and 2014, the number of adults entering shelter after staying on the street or in other places not meant for human habitation increased by 48.3 percent.
  • In 2014, adults with disabilities were almost 4 times more likely to be homeless in shelter than adults without disabilities.
  • In 2014, about half of children in families using shelter programs were under the age of 6.

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