Over the years, homelessness has been a growing problem in the United States. According to recent reports by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, though small improvements have been made, we still need organizations, like Sleep with a Purpose, to continue to bring support and awareness about the epidemic to individuals across the nation, as we continue the fight against homelessness.
Since 2009, the nation’s total homeless population decreased by 1 percent—nearly 7,000 people. Chronic homelessness decreased by 3 percent since 2009, and a reigning 13 percent since 2007.The decrease is associated with an increase in the number of permanent supportive housing beds from 188,636 in 2007 to 266,968 in 2011—the only real solution to chronic homelessness.The greatest decrease was among homeless veterans, whose population has declined 11 percent. Despite these improvements, the unsheltered population of homeless individuals—those living on the streets—increased by 2 percent. Furthermore, though the number of individuals in homeless families decreased by 1 percent nationally, it increased by 20 percent or more in 11 states. Overall, the national population of homeless people decreased as a whole, but increased in 24 states and Washington D.C.
Homelessness in the U.S. is a direct result of various economic and demographic factors. Moving forward, Sleep with a Purpose will continue to aid the fight against homelessness and improve the quality of life for individuals all over the United States