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District of Columbia
65.80
California
43.70
Vermont
43.10
Oregon
42.30
Hawaii
41.40
New York
37.70
Washington
32.60
Maine
32.10
Alaska
31.70
Nevada
24.20
Delaware
23.60
Massachusetts
22.20
Arizona
18.60
Colorado
17.90
Louisiana
15.90
South Dakota
15.50
Tennessee
15.10
Montana
14.40
Rhode Island
14.40
Minnesota
13.90
New Mexico
12.10
Florida
11.90
New Hampshire
11.60
Nebraska
11.40
Wyoming
11.20
Utah
10.70
Idaho
10.50
Georgia
9.90
Pennsylvania
9.80
Missouri
9.70
New Jersey
9.40
Oklahoma
9.40
Ohio
9.00
North Carolina
8.90
Kentucky
8.80
Maryland
8.70
Texas
8.30
Kansas
8.20
Michigan
8.20
Arkansas
8.10
Connecticut
8.10
Wisconsin
8.10
Indiana
8.00
North Dakota
7.90
West Virginia
7.70
Iowa
7.60
Virginia
7.60
Alabama
7.40
Illinois
7.30
South Carolina
7.00
Mississippi
4.10

Best State to Be Homeless 2024

Best State to Be Homeless 2024

Texas

The cities of Houston and Austin are amongst some of the best cities to be homeless, as they offer the most support to those who are down on their luck. In fact, homelessness has dropped drastically in the last ten years in the city of Houston due to their housing first policy. The policy has aided in moving large swarms of the homeless from their respective shelters into a more permanent housing situation. The policy is touted across the country as being one of the most effective policies when looking to combat homelessness.

How does it work? The issue of homelessness is seldom analyzed and attacked at the root of the problem. When someone has a permanent housing situation where their privacy can be respected, the person themselves seems to have an air that is more responsible and sensible. Giving the homeless a permanent dwelling seems to inspire hope for the future. Furthermore, permanent locations are a stepping stone to finding a steady job, as most employers would not look favorably on those who do not have a housing situation.

Utah

Salt Lake City, since 2015, has announced that they have almost eliminated homelessness in the city and that there are very few people without a permanent housing situation. While they claim this to be true, there has been a spike in homelessness over recent years. This is not to discredit the policies and enforcement being enacted in both the city and the state, as it is clear that the authorities have taken matters into their own hands and have dealt with the problem particularly well.

For more than a decade, the homelessness initiative in the city prioritized giving a dwelling to the homeless and giving them a private room that they can call their own. While most opt for very run-down areas in the poorest parts of the area, the city has built various spaces that are attractive and appealing, which are conducive to building up the confidence of homeless people. The quality of the housing is aesthetically pleasing and very affordable for those who are on the housing program.

The assistance offered is to integrate the members back into society, giving them the skills and confidence necessary to enter the workforce and work on physical and mental health issues, as well as inspire communication that has been lost by loved ones if at all possible.

California

At first glance, this may seem confusing. California has many sprawling urban centers which have the largest population in the country if New York City is not taken into consideration. The policies in various cities and jurisdictions are quite average, as they have not been completely successful in curbing the problem. Nevertheless, it is one of the best states to be homeless in, particular due to the climate. The Californian weather is temperate, meaning that it is never too cold in the winter, and not too cold in the summer. This improves the quality of life, even for those who cannot secure a permanent solution.

Best State to Be Homeless 2024

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State
Homeless Per 10k Residents
Total Homeless
Individuals
Chronically Homeless Individuals
People In Families with Children
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Veterans
District of Columbia65.804,4103,4061,2571,004360208
California43.70171,521145,98357,76025,5389,59010,395
Vermont43.102,7801,923398857145100
Oregon42.3017,95914,5866,4473,3731,0661,460
Hawaii41.405,9674,4791,4951,488184306
New York37.7074,17839,3735,99434,8052,762990
Washington32.6025,21118,7257,3766,4861,8021,569
Maine32.104,4112,4575001,954209243
Alaska31.702,3201,760576560186134
Nevada24.207,6186,8202,752798376752
Delaware23.602,3691,0651961,3046593
Massachusetts22.2015,5075,5311,5589,976365534
Arizona18.6013,55310,7072,4762,846917857
Colorado17.9010,3978,2463,4662,151453738
Louisiana15.907,3733,0593974,314191322
South Dakota15.501,3899711314188240
Tennessee15.1010,5678,2071,6532,360518549
Montana14.401,5851,162343423104172
Rhode Island14.401,5771,07142150661113
Minnesota13.907,9174,9571,7732,960604290
New Mexico12.102,5601,78671477414091
Florida11.9025,95919,5194,2336,4401,0112,279
New Hampshire11.601,6051,06434154188127
Nebraska11.402,2461,672522574121145
Wyoming11.20648458831906468
Utah10.703,5572,4797221,078189155
Idaho10.501,9981,23323876584149
Georgia9.9010,6897,9051,3542,784479664
Pennsylvania9.8012,6917,8611,7594,830579778
Missouri9.705,9924,3121,1451,680466476
New Jersey9.408,7525,8071,5212,945438479
Oklahoma9.403,7542,9661,247788374273
Ohio9.0010,6547,4401,0233,214703633
North Carolina8.909,3826,6521,6972,730415687
Kentucky8.803,9842,991670993223328
Maryland8.705,3493,5918991,758232303
Texas8.3024,43218,5794,8125,8531,2261,711
Kansas8.202,3971,754465643126218
Michigan8.208,2064,9041,0043,302451498
Arkansas8.102,4592,13137632825192
Connecticut8.102,9302,007117923113149
Wisconsin8.104,7752,8865101,889228341
Indiana8.005,4493,9264701,523267482
North Dakota7.906104391701713637
West Virginia7.701,3751,238204137135122
Iowa7.602,4191,666393753124141
Virginia7.606,5294,2341,1422,295270392
Alabama7.403,7522,4825391,270169308
Illinois7.309,2126,2441,3412,968628524
South Carolina7.003,6082,742698866211359
Mississippi4.101,1961,091105105126139
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Best State to Be Homeless 2024

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