NH DHHS Releases Data Assessing State’s Homeless Population

Concord, NH – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), today announced the results of the one-day statewide Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and families. This count took place on January 27th, 2010 from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 p.m. and targeted city/town welfare offices, homeless shelters, hospitals, police departments, soup kitchens, food pantries, outreach workers, and other providers serving homeless people in New Hampshire. The count is an effort between three local homeless Continuums of Care, Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State” coordinated by BHHS.

The PIT count revealed that there were 2,144 homeless individuals across the state. Of the total, 1,355 were sheltered, 257 were unsheltered, and 532 persons were temporarily doubled up (temporarily residing with family or friend). Of this count, 358 were families.

“The data from this count reflects the continued need for services and housing for the homeless population in New Hampshire,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “It’s sobering to realize that for one day there were 2,144 people experiencing homelessness in our state.”

The BHHS coordinates this Point-in-Time count in order to gather an accurate and unduplicated count of homeless individuals and families across the state. As part of the funding BHHS receives from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, this count is required to identify the needs created by the ongoing issue of homelessness; both sheltered and unsheltered, in New Hampshire.

“The annual PIT count provides us with a snapshot of who is homeless in the State, and where they are located,” said BHHS Administrator Maureen Ryan. “By coordinating this effort statewide and requesting information from a wide range of providers who may serve people who are experiencing homelessness, we obtain a more accurate count. This information helps us ensure services are targeted at the areas and populations in need.”

Attachment: PIT county map