The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. The report certified last month by HUD Secretary Ben Carson, found that 567,715 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2019, an increase of 14,885 people since 2018. Meanwhile, homelessness among veterans and families with children continued to fall, declining 2.1 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively, in 2019.

There is significant local variation reported from different parts of the country. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia reported declines in homelessness between 2018 and 2019, while 21 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness. Homelessness in California increased by 21,306 people, or 16.4 percent, which is more than the total national increase of every other state combined.

Since 2010, homelessness in Indiana has declined by -15.2%

Indiana Key Findings of HUD’s 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report:


On a single night in January 2019, state and local planning agencies (Continuums of Care) reported:


  • 5,471 people were homeless representing an overall increase of 4.1 percent from 2018 and a -15.2 percent decrease since 2010.
  • Most homeless persons were sheltered, 88.3% (4,829), while some (642) were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs.
  • The number of families with children experiencing homelessness in 2019 (1,688) increased 13.9 percent since 2018. The vast majority of families experiencing homelessness were sheltered in emergency or transitional housing 98.3%.
  • On a single night in January 2019, 572 veterans experienced homelessness, an increase of 6.1% since January 2018.
  • There were 314 individuals experiencing chronic or long-term homelessness, a decrease of -26.6%.