The homeless in New Hampshire are increasing.
Results of a coordinated count conducted in January (2011) revealed there were 2,520 homeless individuals across the State. This represents an 18% increase in the number of homeless persons identified in a similar count completed in 2010. Homeless families are on the rise as well.
The 2011 count found…
- 58% increase in the number of unsheltered homeless
- 30% increase in the number of homeless families
- 132 persons were veterans, an increase of 5% from last year
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS), announced last month the results of the one-day Statewide Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and families. This count took place on January 26, 2011 from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 p.m. and targeted city/town welfare offices, homeless shelters, hospitals, police departments, soup kitchens, food pantries, outreach workers, and other providers serving homeless people in New Hampshire.
The count is undertaken as a coordinated effort between the three local homeless Continuums of Care, Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State” which BHHS coordinates.
It is disturbing and upsetting to see the rise in the number of people who do not have a place to live. The data from this count underscores the need for collaboration to find solutions to help end homelessness in our State. – DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas
Read a related article: Homeless on the rise in NH (EagleTribune.com)