On a single night in January 2015...

~560,000

people were homeless.

~70%

were sheltered.

~30%

~66%

~25%

were under 18.

~33%

~83,000

people experienced chronic homelessness.

Over the course of 2015...

~1.5 million

How do we define homelessness?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has two primary definitions of homelessness. Both revolve around the basic idea of not having a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

What is the U.S. doing about it?

In 2010, the Obama administration drafted and presented to Congress a federal plan to prevent and eliminate homelessness. That plan, updated in 2012 and 2015, is called "Opening Doors."