NH DHHS Releases Data Assessing State’s Homeless Population

Concord - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS),

Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS, announces the results of the

one-day statewide Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and

families. This count took place on 1/25/12 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 organizations 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 one-day count revealed there were 2,438 homeless

individuals across the state. This represents a 3% decrease in the number

of homeless individuals from 2011 (2,520 individuals). Of that number

1,357 were sheltered (down 1% from 2011); 368 were unsheltered (down 11%

from 2011); 713 individuals were temporarily doubled up (temporarily

residing with family or friend, a 2% decrease from 2011); 405 were families

(which is the same number of families that were homeless in 2011). Also,

of the 1,727 adults surveyed, 31% (542) self reported a severe and

persistent mental illness, 28% (476) reported having a substance abuse

issue, 8% (146) were veterans, and 30% (514) were chronically homeless.

“The data from this year’s count shows we are making progress in decreasing

homelessness in our State,” stated DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

“However, this also shows us that we must all continue to work together to

find solutions to end homelessness, especially in a time of limited

resources as there are still far too many individuals and families that do

not have a permanent place to call home.”

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 the BHHS with data to identify both who is

homeless in the state, and where they are located on a given day,” said

BHHS Administrator Maureen Ryan. “BHHS strives to obtain as accurate a

count as possible through statewide coordination of this effort and

eliciting participation from a wide range of service providers and other

organizations. This information helps us ensure services are targeted at

the areas and populations in need.”

*PIT Map attached

(See attached file: Point in Time Count -2012 State of NH.pdf)