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About Homelessness

 

2013 HMIS Report - documenting data entered into the Homeless Management Information System in 2013.

 

Pasco County Statistics 2013

  • 3305 Persons were homeless on any given day in 2013
  • 105 persons were housed in shelters
  • 3200 persons were unsheltered
  • 368 persons were veterans
  • 815 chronic homeless persons (more than one year)
  • 13 chronic persons were sheltered
  • 802 chronic persons were unsheltered
  • 79% adults between the ages of 18 to 60
  • 1% elderly adults over 60
  • 38% were homeless for more than one year or longer
  • 25% were homeless one to three months
  • 4% were homeless for more than a week but less than a month
  • 1345* children were considered doubled-up (living in another’s household)
  • 1776* children doubled-up, sheltered and unsheltered

(Source: Homeless Report for 2013)

*Totals from District School Board of Pasco County

State Statistics 2013


Daily, over 45,000 Floridians live on the street or stay in emergency shelters. Florida has the third largest population of homeless persons of any state in the nation. Not included in the above figure are over 63,000 school-aged children who were identified by the public school districts as being homeless during the 2011-2012 school year.

With the unemployment rates over 10 percent, and the continuing volume of home foreclosures displacing families, the crisis of homelessness continues to grow and claim more victims with no place to live.

National Statistics 2011-2012

Using the most recently available national data on homelessness, the 2011 and 2012 point-in-time counts as reported by jurisdictions to HUD, this report chronicles changes in overall homelessness and in homeless subpopulations between 2011 and 2012.  Point-in-time methodologies vary and are imperfect and, as such, the aggregated numbers do not represent a precise count of homeless people.  The counts, however, when compared over time, provide a way to assess whether the homeless population has increased or decreased (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2013).

  • From 2011 to 2012, the nation’s homeless population decreased by 0.4 percent or about 2,235 people.  At a point in time in January 2012, 633,782 people were experiencing homelessness.  There was a decrease in all homeless subpopulations with the exception of persons in families.
  • The largest decreases were 6.8 percent among individuals identified as chronically homeless and 7.2 percent among veterans.
  • The national rate of homelessness was 20 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population.  The rate for veterans was 29 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population.
  • A majority of people identified as homeless were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing, but 38 percent were unsheltered, living on the streets, or in cars, abandoned buildings, or other places not intended for human habitation.  The size of the unsheltered population remained basically unchanged between 2011 and 2012.
  • There was no change in the number of homeless family households, however the size of the average homeless family grew so the overall number of people in homeless families increased 1.4 percent.
  • While the overall homeless population decreased between 2011 and 2012 nationally, 28 states and the District of Columbia saw increases (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2013).