Nearly 750,000 people
The first national assessment in more than a decade found 744,313 people homeless.
homeless on a single night
The highlights include:
■ In Florida, 54% of homeless people counted were unsheltered. Nationwide, 44% were unsheltered.The report, by the Homelessness Research Institute of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, compiles point-in-time counts collected in January 2005 in every state and community in the country. Because the count focuses on a single point in time, it presents only a snapshot of the homelessness problem in the Unites States.
■ 41% of homeless people counted were living in families. (In total, 98,452 homeless families were counted.)
■ 23% percent of homeless people were reported as chronically homeless, meaning they were disabled and had been homeless for long periods of time or repeatedly.
■ Florida had the third largest homeless population, trailing second-place New York by only 227 people. Nevada had the highest ratio of homeless people per capita.
Read the report here.