December 16, 2011
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HUD reported December 13 that its 2011 point-in-time count found that homelessness dropped 2.1 percent from 2010 to 2011.  Continuums of Care (CoCs) covering more than 3,000 cities and counties counted the sheltered and unsheltered homeless in their areas on a single night in January 2011 and submitted their numbers to HUD for analysis.
 
HUD found that, in addition to the reduction in overall homelessness, veteran homelessness decreased by almost 12 percent, individual homelessness decreased by 2 percent, family homelessness decreased by 2.8 percent, and chronic homelessness decreased by 2.4 percent, all compared to January 2010. 
 
The report attributes some of the decline in homelessness to the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).  HPRP received $1.5 billion in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 
 
The report also states that more than 33,000 homeless veterans have received permanent supportive housing through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) rental assistance program.
 
In other news on homelessness, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, was just elected as the 2012 chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.  Sebelius replaces outgoing chair Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.  Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki was elected vice chair.