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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
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Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services
Publish Date:
April 23, 2015

Concord, NH– 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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