States that recorded the biggest increase in homelessness last year

Supreme Court Case Impact

On April 22, 2024, the Supreme Court heard a landmark case on homelessness, potentially allowing fines or jail for public camping.

2023 Homelessness Peak

Homelessness in the U.S. increased by 12% in 2023, the highest since reporting began 16 years earlier, as per HUD data.

State-Level Variances

Nine states saw a decrease in homelessness rates in 2023, notably Delaware and Louisiana, amid a nationwide rise.

COVID-19 Impact

The pandemic exacerbated homelessness challenges, turning shelters into infection hotspots and contributing to increased deaths among unhoused populations.

Shelter Capacity Issues

Major cities faced reduced shelter capacity during the pandemic, exacerbating homelessness challenges.

Deaths Among Unhoused

Cities like New York and San Francisco saw significant increases in deaths among people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

Sheltered Homelessness Decrease

Despite overall homelessness increases, sheltered homeless populations decreased by nearly 8% nationwide, influenced by government interventions and health concerns.

Housing Shortage

A national deficit of 7 million affordable homes persists, contributing to the ongoing homelessness crisis, exacerbated in rural areas with service deserts.