How is the abolition of chronic homelessness going?

Here’s a simple question: How is the HUD plan to end chronic homelessness going? Bear in mind that the definition of CHRONIC homelessness is:

“In general, a chronically homeless person is an unaccompanied disabled individual who has been continuously homeless for over one year.”

In 2001 HUD estimated that there were 200,000 chronically homeless people. As of 2009 the estimate is at 112,076. That’s a drop of 87, 924 people over 8 years. That doesn’t suggest that, with five years to go, we’ll meet the goal.

Maybe I’m not reading this right. Please comment with your ideas and suggestions.

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One response to “How is the abolition of chronic homelessness going?

  1. Henry Zeniewicz

    Having seen the reports on chronic homelessness in both Springfield & Missouri Balance of State & having been on the Springfield CoC in the past, my experience is that there is too much under-reporting. I say this not as a critisism but as fact. A homeless person who has been homeless for the past year with the exception of 2 or 3 weeks will deny chronic homelessness both to the surveyor & themselves. I believe wholeheartedly that the surveyors should be permitted to ask more indepth questions & make the judgment on chronic homelessness. I feel that a more accurate picture of chronic homelessness would appear under these guidelines rather than just asking a person if they are experiencing chronic homelessness.

    Futher, I feel that with the current economic situation, homelessness, chronic or not, will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

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