01.25.2020

HUD report finds majority of homeless families are black

HUD report finds majority of homeless families are black Photo via USAToday

A new Housing and Urban Development report said blacks make up nearly half of the homeless population, despite comprising only 13% of the population.

An estimated 568,000 people experienced homelessness in a single night in the United States in 2019, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report presented to Congress earlier this week.

That's an increase from 553,000 in 2018. Those going through chronic patterns of homelessness rose 9% from 2018 to 2019. A majority, 40%, were black.

Although the total number of homeless families declined by 5% between 2018 and 2019, 52% of homeless families in 2019 were black. Those numbers remain virtually unchanged from 2018.

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