Homelessness

Other Organizations and Websites
Visit this page for a selection of organizations with helpful and informative websites. Many of these provide vital information, both regional and national, for anyone seeking more information about the situation of the homeless. [read more]

Who is homeless?
According to the Stewart B. McKinney Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11301, et seq. (1994), a person is considered homeless who “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence; and… has a primary night time residency that is: (A) a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations… (B) an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or (C) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.” The term “homeless individual” does not include any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to an Act of Congress or a state law.” 42 U.S.C. § 11302(c) [read more]

How many people experience homelessness?
Many people call or write the National Coalition for the Homeless to ask about the number of homeless people in the United States. There is no easy answer to this question and, in fact, the question itself is misleading. [read more]

Why are people homeless?
Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in homelessness over the past 20-25 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty. [read more]

Homeless Statistics
The 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress estimates that persons in families account for 37% of the total homeless population. Among the remaining two-thirds of persons who were homeless as singles, about half were in shelters and half were living in some location not meant for habitation such as the street or an abandoned building. [read more]

Joseph’s House 2010-2011 Statistics
From October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011, Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY provided 10,055 nights of temporary shelter to 279 single adults and 87 persons in 31 families – including 45 children. The occupancy rate for the shelter was approximately 90%. [read more]