Housing
Homeless Persons

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Homeless Persons

What does this measure?

The number of homeless people at a given point in time (usually one night in January), per 10,000 residents.

Why is this important?

The extent of homelessness can be an indicator of a community's ability to provide stable jobs that pay a living wage as well as a measure of support for the unemployed and access to affordable housing and health care. Homelessness is related to larger issues such as poverty, employment, mental health, substance abuse and family violence. The way a community cares for its more vulnerable citizens is a marker of collaboration and its social support systems.

How is the region performing?

In 2017, the Mid-Hudson Valley region's point-in-time count reported 14 homeless people per 10,000 residents, a 27% decrease from 19 in 2007 but still below the regional high of 20 in 2012. Since 2007, the region's rate has consistently been below the national rate, but higher than the state (excluding NYC). In 2017, the state (excluding NYC) rate was below the region at 12 and the national rate was higher than the Mid-Hudson region at 17.

Ulster County had the highest rate at 23 homeless people per 10,000 residents, followed by Sullivan County (22) while Orange County had the lowest rate at 9 homeless people per 10,000 residents in 2017.

Notes about the data

Data is unavailable for all counties. Region does not include Putnam County. It is very difficult to obtain an exact count of homeless persons, due to transience and to limited resources for record-keeping. Comparable data presented for available counties are currently limited to point-in-time counts done on one night in January.

Homeless Persons
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Region19.215.018.020.417.719.918.913.713.912.914.0
Columbia, Greene28.815.323.827.215.911.910.111.68.910.713.3
Sullivan44.017.947.551.668.181.872.117.317.321.622.1
Dutchess18.518.516.016.014.615.213.413.612.713.113.1
Orange11.28.412.113.512.013.412.211.213.19.09.2
Ulster19.621.617.024.114.219.524.418.919.118.322.9
NYS (excluding NYC)11.09.710.511.111.011.511.911.411.511.411.6
U.S.21.320.920.420.419.819.618.517.917.416.816.7

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Census
Notes: Rate is per 10,000 residents. Figures represent point-in-time counts. Region does not include Putnam County.




Total Homeless Persons
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Region1,9881,5641,8712,1261,8442,0721,9661,4241,4401,3351,460
Columbia, Greene32517226730517713211212897116144
Sullivan343139369400525630556131130163167
Dutchess547547474476435453397403375385388
Orange414311450505448502459421495343350
Ulster359395311440259355442341343328411
NYS (excluding NYC)12,22910,86411,72412,41912,32212,89413,37012,78012,92712,82913,002
U.S.641,665635,445624,598630,806618,611616,556584,483570,514558,573544,084545,566

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Census
Notes: Figures represent point-in-time counts. Region does not include Putnam County.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Maintaining
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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