NH DHHS Releases Data Assessing State’s Homeless Population

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), is announcing the results of the one-day Statewide Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and families. This count took place on 1/26/11 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 undertaken as a coordinated effort between the three local homeless Continuums of Care, Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State” which BHHS coordinates.

Results of this count revealed there were 2,520 homeless individuals across the state. This represents an 18% increase in the number of homeless persons identified in the 2010 PIT count. There was a 58% increase in the number of unsheltered homeless, and a 30% increase in the number of homeless families compared to the 2010 data. In addition, 132 persons were veterans, an increase of 5% from last year.

“It is disturbing and upsetting to see the rise in the number of people who do not have a place to live,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “The data from this count underscores the need for collaboration to find solutions to help end 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 data to identify both who is homeless in the State, where they are located, and identify trends over time,” said BHHS Administrator Maureen Ryan. “Of particular concern is the increase in the number of homeless families.”

Attachment: PIT county map