July 15, 2009

Reflecting the trend of growing family homelessness

It seems that under the assumption of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) provided by the Department on Housing and Urban Development (HUD) there has not been much to add when the concerns of homelessness is presented. Meaning that accorind to the update the number of recorded homeless individuals has not changed much since the last report, in fact, the numbers have not cahnged much since the 2005 report was published.



Aren’t we as a nation facing one of the most economicaly uncompromisable assumptions of a recession that this nation has witnessed, ever?

Yes, However, the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) does not count individuals and families temporarily staying with others, or living at their own expense in motels. Individuals and families in these dire circumstances are erroneously viewed as housed, to be considered homeless only when they wind up on the streets or in emergency shelters. The newly passed HEARTH Act requires HUD to begin defining many of these individuals and families as homeless.

Bringing us to the assumption of the HOMELESSNESS PULSE PROJECT.

The Homelessness Pulse project is intended to help the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gain a better understanding of the impact of the current economic crisis on homelessness. This understanding relies heavily on collecting up-to-date information on how counts of homeless persons may be changing as the crisis unfolds.