According to the National Alliance Against Homelessness, “In January 2020, there were 580,466 people experiencing homelessness in America.” Nearly 40% of these people spend the night unsheltered (sleeping on sidewalks, subway trains, vehicles, or parks) and need simple things, like socks, to help get them through the night.
Homelessness in America
The current report draws from the nationwide Point-in-Time Count that occurred in January of 2020, just a few weeks before COVID-19 was declared a national emergency. Thus, the data does not reflect any of the changes brought about by the crisis. Instead, the current report reflects the State of Homelessness in America just before a once-in-a-lifetime event interrupted the status quo.