Coalition: N.H. Homelessness Numbers Unchanged 2014-2015
The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness says the number of people experiencing homelessness has remained unchanged from 2014 to 2015.
Coalition director Cathy Kuhn says a number of factors have slowed the statewide progress in ending homelessness, including "an increasingly scarce affordable housing market."
Some factors pointing to improving conditions for the homeless population include a sharp decline in the number of people living unsheltered, down 33 percent; fewer veterans experiencing homelessness, down 21 percent; and an increase in the average income of the working poor, up 24 percent.
Factors pointing to worsening conditions include low vacancy rates statewide, or 2.2 percent in 2015; an increase in the number of families experiencing homelessness, up 8 percent; and an increase in the number of students experiencing homelessness, up 1.5 percent.