Tuesday, January 16, 2024

How the Homelessness Problem in Tennessee Compares to Other States

by Rod Williams, Jan. 16, 2023- On a single night in 2023, roughly 653,100 people, or about 20 of every 10,000 people in the United States, were experiencing homelessness. Six in ten people were experiencing sheltered homelessness, that is they were in a place like the Union Rescue Mission or some other homeless shelter. The other four in ten were experiencing unsheltered homelessness in places not meant for human habitation. They were living in cars, or homeless encampments or under interstate overpasses. 

Homelessness increased nationwide. Between 2022 and 2023, the number of people experiencing homelessness increased by 12 percent, or roughly 70,650 more people. Tennessee fared well. Tennessee actually had a decrease in homelessness.  This chart shows which states had increases in homelessness and which had decreases. 

The map below shows the estimate of the number of homeless in each state: 

For much more information on the status of homelessness in America, see The 2023 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress

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