Number Of Homeless In State Up 6% | New Hampshire Public Radio

Number Of Homeless In State Up 6%

Mar 21, 2013

More than 2,500 individuals in New Hampshire are homeless, a 6% jump from a year ago. The data comes from a one-night census that took place in January.

Roughly half of the homeless are concentrated in Hillsborough County.

Chris Emerson, Manager of the Manchester Homeless Services Center, says there is no single remedy for the issue.

Emerson: "I’ve never found a homeless person who can point to one reason why they are homeless. It is always a cascade of one problem after another."

Emerson says economic stress, drugs, alcohol and mental health issues are often to blame.

The Federal government requires the annual count. The findings help determine funding levels for local programs.