Who Experiences Homelessness and Why

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness was frequently cited as a top concern for cities of all sizes. Now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pandemic-induced economic crisis, along with a racial reckoning, homelessness has been exacerbated. In response, municipalities across the country have unveiled COVID-19 emergency response plans to address homelessness, increased and introduced new shelter operations, strengthened relationships with the private and non-profit sectors, and expanded regional approaches to homelessness.

From this report, local elected officials and city staff will learn the various contributing factors of homelessness, along with the distinct challenges and pathways of homelessness for specific subpopulations, including Single Adults, Families with Children, Youth and Young Adults, Veterans, Victims of Domestic Violence, Persons with Incarceration Histories and Chronically Homeless Individuals.