Annual Report Shows Homelessness Already on the Rise Pre-Pandemic, COVID-19 Further Complicates
NH Coalition to End Homelessness Releases its 2020 Report on Homelessness in NH
MANCHESTER, NH – On December 17, 2020, the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) released its annual report on the State of Homelessness in New Hampshire. This report, using data compiled from state and federal sources, including the Homeless Management Information System (collected in State Fiscal Year 2020) and the State of New Hampshire Official Point-In-Time Count (conducted on January 29, 2020), provides an overview and an understanding of the scope of homelessness both statewide and in each of the three HUD defined Continuum of Care regions of the state.
Download the 2020 Report here: https://www.nhceh.org/research-advocacy/state-of-homelessness-in-new-hampshire. The report indicates that prior to the onset of the pandemic, there was an already 21 percent increase from 2019 in overall homelessness in New Hampshire based on data collected in the Point-In-Time Count. The challenges created by COVID-19 further exacerbated homelessness in New Hampshire over the course of 2020. A special issue brief within this year’s report highlights the sudden increase in unsheltered homelessness across the state due to the pandemic. It also provides insights on common trends, early responses, on-going challenges, and possible next steps to further support this vulnerable population as the pandemic continues.
“In a system that was overburdened before the pandemic, it is critical that additional investments are made to protect the most vulnerable members of our community both during the pandemic and beyond,” said Stephanie Savard, Director of the NHCEH. “This will require diverse solutions to meet the needs of those who are living unsheltered, an immediate response to minimize the inevitable wave of evictions for those who are precariously housed, and support to property owners to ensure long-term stability.”
The 2020 State of Homelessness in New Hampshire report also provides an overview of racial and ethnic disparities in homelessness in New Hampshire. Multi-Racial and Black/African-American people make up 2.7 percent of the general population in New Hampshire, yet are almost four times more likely to be homeless. The pandemic has increased awareness and recognition of how people of color continue to suffer from our long history of housing discrimination and racism that remains embedded in so many of our current policies and practices.
The NH Coalition to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through research, education, and advocacy. For more information about the NHCEH or the State of Homelessness in New Hampshire Report, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.