How many homeless people are there in your town or in the state of South Carolina? Next week, thousands of volunteers across the state and nation will conduct a one-night count of homeless persons and families. The campaign is being led by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Let’s Make Everybody Count campaign. The campaign is intended to document trends in homelessness with the main goal being to prevent and bring it to an end.
Two years ago volunteers throughout the nation counted 643,000 homeless people. In addition, HUD found that during that same year, 1.54 million people used emergency or transitional housing programs.
While the total number of homeless persons in America dropped slightly between 2008 and 2009, the number of homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, most likely due to the ongoing effects of the recession. In the last 10 days of January, volunteers will attempt to count the number of homeless persons living in shelters and on the streets as part of a national count.
A typical sheltered homeless person is a single, middle-aged man and a member of a minority group.