It is the state with the most homelessness – 24/7 Wall St.
Data on homelessness in the United States is inaccurate. Among most measurements, the figure is slightly less than 600,000. However, people who are homeless for brief periods rank differently than those who are consistently homeless. And the numbers have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the reasons for this change is that a portion of Americans say they might not be able to pay their mortgages or rent, as measured by the US Census Household Pulse Survey. Some people end up not being able to make these payments.
Among the aspects of the homelessness problem that are commonly discussed is the fact that the country is far from finding a solution. Another is that the solutions, even those that partially solve the problem, have been expensive. According to CNBC, New York City spent $ 3 billion to support its homeless population in 2019.
The most comprehensive study of the homelessness situation in America has been published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The latest version is called “State of homelessness: 2021 edition”. The authors point out an important drawback of the book:
The current report builds on the national one-time tally that took place in January 2020, just weeks before COVID-19 was declared a national emergency. Thus, the data does not reflect any of the changes induced by the crisis.
The report examines a number of aspects of the problem based first and foremost on demographic and geographic data. The basis for the report is that 580,466 were homeless in January 2020. About a third were families with children. Data on ex-combatants and unaccompanied youth were also collected. The study also collected information on homeless people who were accommodated and those who were not.
Men are much more likely to be homeless than women. Whites are more likely to be homeless than black Americans. However, since there are many more whites than blacks, this number has only a partial value.
Over the past decade and a half, homelessness has started to decline, but has rapidly increased again in recent years. There were 657,248 homeless Americans in 2007. Of course, that was at the start of the Great Recession. It fell to 549,528 in 2016.
Logically, the country’s largest state in terms of population would have the most homeless people. It’s true. California had 161,548 in 2020. This population relationship breaks down according to the following state. New York is the fourth largest state in terms of population behind California, Texas and Florida. It ranked second in the homeless population at 91,271. This is mainly due to the size of this population in New York City.
Gross population, therefore, may not be the best way to assess homelessness by geography. Another way the study examines homelessness is per 10,000 people of the total population.