The 2021 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress.
Because of pandemic-related disruptions to counts of unsheltered homeless people in January 2021, these findings focus on people experiencing sheltered homelessness.
150 communities, 39 percent of all communities, conducted full unsheltered counts (i.e., counts that included all data elements for both sheltered and unsheltered PIT counts).
In January of 2021, 326,126 people were experiencing sheltered homelessness, staying in emergency shelters, safe havens, or transitional housing programs.
The number of sheltered individuals identified as chronically homeless increased by 20 percent between 2020 and 2021.
There is no single universal 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/techniques that will fill individual needs and ultimately support/enable housing stability.
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. We conduct research by working with and collecting data from individuals currently experiencing homelessness. We also utilize research opportunities to conduct assessments, identify needs, and connect individuals to appropriate programs/services to fill their needs. We Believe that Real People produce Real Data, and will ultimately Drive Real Change in reducing and ending homelessness.
We have developed strategic models of consolidated care that drive efficiencies within Social service programs/service delivery. Through these models, we have developed a consolidated triage system that we believe will increase community access, enhance service provider collaboration, and reduce operational costs. Utilizing our research data and process analysis, we believe our solution-focused models can reshape and reform Social Services to Better Serve People and Communities.