Read our social issue report on ending chronic homelessness which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.
In 2010, 107,289 chronically homeless individuals lived on U.S. city streets and in shelters. High-performing nonprofits employing the housing first approach use effective outreach and intake, are consumer-driven, and provide support services to individuals.
According to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), chronically homeless individuals are homeless persons with a disability, such as mental illness, drug dependency, or a physical impairment, who have been living in a place unsuitable for habitation or a homeless shelter for one continuous year or four episodes of homelessness in three years.
Chronic homelessness is a serious issue and proven interventions have led to strong progress on ending chronic homelessness by 2015. As demonstrated in the social issue indicators, chronic homelessness fell by 60,000 cases from 2005 to 2010. This substantial change indicates the potential to end chronic homelessness.