The 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress.
Between 2019 and 2020, the number of people experiencing homelessness increased by two percent.
The number of individuals with chronic patterns of homelessness increased by fifteen percent between 2019 and 2020.
Georgia Total Homeless 2020: 10,234 (-2% decrease from 2019)
Los Angeles and San Diego had the largest number of Veterans experiencing homelessness
Between 2019 and 2020, the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness increased by less than one percent (167 more people).
Florida Total Homeless 2020: 27,487 (-3.0% decrease from 2019)
In 2020, for the first time, there were more unsheltered individuals than there were sheltered individuals (51% vs. 49%)
More than two-thirds of all people experiencing homelessness were in households with only adults (70%)
There is No One Main Cause of Homelessness because every Person's Needs, Circumstances, and Challenges are Different. There is no collective template to end a person's homelessness, as we believe that homeless is a result or effect of underlying impairments. We believe a person's homelessness has a root cause, which has produced barriers that must be accurately assessed, analyzed, and addressed/treated accordingly. We believe in Trauma-Informed Care with a focus on Motivational Strategies and Techniques that will Ultimately Fill Individual Needs.
As any other form of deeply distressed or disturbing event, Homelessness is a Traumatic Experience that demands a "Trauma-Informed Model of Care." We acknowledge the "Housing First" model or approach as stabilization, but not an all-inclusive first step for every individual experiencing homelessness. Additionally, we believe addressing individual needs and barriers (Trauma-Informed Care) is the foundational premise of homeless recovery and the ability to maintain stable housing.
Every Person has a Story, as Every Story is Important. In our Research Project, "Homeless Recidivism" we are collecting data from individuals currently experiencing homelessness. We hear the stories of resiliency and hardship from Real People. We also help to get individuals connected to appropriate resources and services to fill their needs. Through data collected from participants, we have developed dynamic assessments that support Homeless Social Services Reform. Our research data is direct from the source, Real People who deserve High Quality Social Services Care.
We believe that Accountability is a Critical Core Competency and Component of Homeless Social Services. We believe that acknowledging shortfalls and/or shortcomings in services is not only a strength, but an opportunity to grow, reshape, and reform services to Better Serve People. We Advocate for Homeless Service Services System Transformation that is focused on providing Quality Care and is Accountable for Service Outcomes.