HOMELESSNESS DECREASES BY THREE PERCENT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
December 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact: Cathy Kuhn, Ph.D. – 603-641-9441 ext. 251
(PHOTO) NH COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS RELEASES THE 2014 REPORT ON HOMELESSNESS IN NH – While homeless numbers continue to decline, increases in veteran and chronically homeless populations stress the need for continued investments in housing and services in New Hampshire. The full report can be viewed at www.nhceh.org/2014Report.
NH Coalition to End Homelessness releases Report on State of Homelessness in New Hampshire.
MANCHESTER, NH – The NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) released its 2014 report on the State of Homelessness in New Hampshire. The report examines various homeless census data and related demographic and economic factors between 2010 and 2014. The 2014 report found that overall homeless numbers declined by three percent, continuing a trend of decreases that began in 2011. In the report, the NHCEH credits the decline in homelessness to the collective work of agencies, policymakers, funders, and New Hampshire citizens. However, the NHCEH underscores this progress with concerns raised by substantial increases in veteran and chronic homeless populations, suggesting that there is a need for additional resources.
“The decreases observed in homeless numbers are a direct reflection of the high quality of services and housing that is being provided across the state,” said Cathy Kuhn, Ph.D., Director of the NHCEH. “However, increases seen in veteran and chronic homeless numbers illustrate the continued need for investment in affordable housing and service-enriched resources in New Hampshire.”
As highlighted in the report, some of the factors pointing to improving conditions for New Hampshire’s homeless population include:
- An increase in capacity of permanent housing programs (18 percent);
- A decline in the unemployment rate (16 percent), and;
- For the first time in several years, a decrease in the number of homeless students (four percent).
While many indicators in the report show improving conditions for the state’s homeless population, some factors point to worsening conditions, including:
- An increase in the poverty rate (five percent);
- An increase in the number of homeless veterans (33 percent), and;
- An increase in the number of chronically homeless people (44 percent).
The report also notes that, while the majority of New Hampshire’s homeless reside in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, one in four homeless people were unsheltered in 2014, meaning they were living in cars, abandoned buildings, tents, or other places not intended for human habitation.
“As a state that has a long history of caring for those who are most vulnerable, New Hampshire has the expertise, compassion and determination to put an end to homelessness once and for all,” Kuhn said.
The full report can be read and downloaded at www.nhceh.org/2014Report.
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 and the report, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.