NH DHHS - State’s Homeless Population Down 14% since 2011

According to New DHHS Point-in-Time Survey

~~Programs Are Bringing More People in from the Cold but More Must Be Done

to Solve Homelessness~~

Concord – The number of homeless individuals across the State of New Hampshire measured 2,158, down 2% from 2014 numbers and down 14% since 2011

(from 2,520), according to data released today by the Department of Health

and Human Services (DHHS). The finding is the result of a one-day

Point-in-Time (PIT) count conducted in January 2015 by three Continuum of

Care organizations.

According to the report, the number of individuals in shelters increased 9%

(up to 1,370), while the percentage of those unsheltered decreased 34%

(262) from the results of the 2014 PIT count. Other findings include:

· 526 individuals were temporarily residing with family or friend, down

8.5% from 2014

· 393 represented families

· Of the 1,576 adults surveyed, 40% (627) of self-reported a severe and

persistent mental illness; 33% (523) surveyed reported having a

substance abuse issue; 10% (162) were veterans; and 19% (307) were

chronically homeless

“Decreasing homelessness in our State suggests that initiatives to prevent

homelessness and rapidly rehousing individuals displaced from their homes

are working,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “However, our work

is far from complete, as there are still far too many who do not have a

home. In these times of limited resources, it is more critical than ever

that we band together to find solutions to end homelessness.”

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 PIT count provides data on the number of people experiencing

homelessness on any given day in New Hampshire,” said BHHS Administrator

Maureen Ryan. “The data helps identify trends and areas of need across the

State so that we can ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of

services to this population.”

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of

Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS) conducts the one-day statewide

Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and families. This count

took place on 1/28/15 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.

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