Half of all people experiencing homelessness are in one of five states - California (129,972 people), New York (91,897), Florida (31,030), Texas (25,310) and Washington (22,304). Unsurprisingly, the problem is far more visible in urban areas and over half of all homeless people live in one of the country's 50 largest cities. In fact, nearly a quarter of all people sleeping rough did so in either New York or Los Angeles. The Big Apple has one of the lowest levels of unsheltered homeless at 5% while in Los Angeles, 75% of people were found in unsheltered locations.
Homelessness continues to disproportionately affect communities of color, with African-Americans “considerably overrepresented” among the homeless population, HUD stated. While black people represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up 40 percent of the country’s homeless.