The US is witnessing a staggering 12% increase in homelessness. Growing rent prices and a decline in Coronavirus pandemic assistance together have put housing out of reach for more Americans, according to federal officials.
Around 563,000 people were homeless earlier this year. This is the highest number since the US commenced using the yearly point-in-time survey in 2007 to keep tabs on the homeless population.
The total represents a stark increase of roughly 70,650 homeless people in comparison to January 2022.
“This data underscores the urgent need for support for proven solutions and strategies that help people quickly exit homelessness and that prevent homelessness in the first place,” House and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement.
Initially, the U.S was progressing in reducing the homeless population, but recents statistics show otherwise.
Jeff Olivet, executive director of the U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness, cited that the extra assistance “held off the rise in homelessness that we are now seeing.”
“While numerous factors drive homelessness, the most significant causes are the shortage of affordable homes and the high cost of housing that have left many Americans living paycheck to paycheck and one crisis away from homelessness,” Olivet said.
Following the overall rise, the rate of individual homelessness rose by roughly 11%, among veterans by 7.4% and among families and children by a whopping 15.5%.
The Black community forms 13% of the U.S population but make up 37% of people struggling with homelessness. Additionally, more than a quarter of adults suffering from homelessness were over the age of 54.
While the number of homeless people continues to rise, the U.S has invested a staggering $300 million into Israel’s ongoing onslaught in the Gaza Strip that has now killed more than 20,000 people in 80 days.
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