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Media Campaign Launch January 12, 2012. The State of Homelessness in America 2012. Introductory Logistics. Submit Questions! If you have questions during the webinar, submit them in the question box on your control panel. We will answer as many questions as possible at the end of the webinar.

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media campaign launch january 12 2012
Media Campaign LaunchJanuary 12, 2012

The State of Homelessness in America 2012

introductory logistics
Introductory Logistics

Submit Questions!

If you have questions during the webinar, submit them in the question box on your control panel. We will answer as many questions as possible at the end of the webinar.

Lines are muted to facilitate this call.

A recording of this webinar will be posted online early next week.

  • Introduction
  • Report: Overview and Major Findings
  • Media: Key Messages and Suggested Strategies
  • Policy implications of report
  • Questions
state of homelessness in america 2012

in America


  • Background of report
  • Contents
  • Chapter by chapter findings
  • Other report information
report background
Report Background
  • Chronicle changes in homelessness
    • Nation, states
  • Chronicle changes in related economic and demographic factors
    • Nation, states
    • Are conditions (risk) among factors related to homelessness worsening or improving?
  • Three Chapters
    • Homelessness, economic factors, and demographic factors
  • Data years 2009 to 2011 (homelessness) and 2009 to 2010 (economic and demographic factors)
  • Data from variety of (mostly) public sources
chapter one homelessness
Chapter One: Homelessness
  • Overall decrease of 1 percent (about 7,000 people)
    • Largest decrease was among vets (11 percent)
  • National rate of homelessness is 21 homeless people/10,000 in general population
  • Homelessness increased in 24 states and the District of Columbia
chapter two economic factors
Chapter Two: Economic Factors
  • Poor renter households that spent 50 percent or more on housing costs increased (6 percent)
  • Unemployment increased (4 percent)
  • Foreclosure activity increased (2 percent)
chapter three demographic factors
Chapter Three: Demographic Factors
  • “Doubled-up” increased 13 percent (6 to 6.8 million people)
  • People lacking health insurance (4 percent)
  • Risk findings:
    • 1 in 194 odds of experiencing homelessness for an individual in the general population)
    • 1 in 29 below poverty line
    • 1 in 12 doubled-up
    • 1 in 13 released prisoner
    • 1 in 11 aged out of foster care
other points
Other Points
  • Executive summary ties it all together
    • Relates the success of HPRP and the urgent need (in current economic and budget climate) to sustain the “early recipe for success…for progress now and in the future”
  • Appendix One
    • Metro area homeless data (2011 only)
  • Appendix Two
    • Describes methods
  • Questions: any other questions, please contact me via e-mail (post-release on Wednesday, January 18th)
key messages
Key Messages

Homelessness is down – slightly

  • Down in all groups, especially veterans
  • Decrease is counterintuitive given recession
  • Decrease can be attributed to federal investment in solutions
key messages1
Key Messages

Invest in what works

  • HPRP held off increases in homelessness, even during the recession.
  • HPRP shows that investing in solutions to homelessness produces measurable results.
  • Results require capital.
key messages2
Key Messages

We can’t stop now

  • HPRP is ending.
  • Need remains high, as shown in the report (unemployment, severe housing cost burden, doubled up).
  • Homelessness is a lagging indicator; we may have not seen the worst yet.
  • Letters to the editor
  • Op-ed submissions
  • Pitch emails/phone calls to reporters

Economic IndicatorsDemographic Drivers

  • Unemployment - Doubled Up
  • Foreclosure - Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
  • Severe Housing Cost Burden - Discharge from Prison
  • Average Income - Uninsured

What are your goals/priorities for this year?

What’s the most interesting finding in your community?

Which of your press relationships are the strongest?

other angles
Other Angles


Chronic homelessness continues to decline. By continuing to invest in permanent supportive housing, we can finish the job of ending chronic homelessness.

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Other Angles


An 11 percent decrease in veterans homelessness is a promising start to the five year plan. SSVF, HUD-VASH, and other housing-based solutions are critical to ensuring we achieve the goal of ending veterans homelessness.

other angles2
Other Angles


For another year, the data on youth homelessness is lackluster. The first step to serving this vulnerable, overlooked population is to improve our data.

other angles3
Other Angles


The recession has taken a hard toll on American families. In order to ensure that all families have a place to call home, we must priorities what works for the most vulnerable people; we must commit to ending homelessness.

other angles4
Other Angles


A startling 40 percent of homeless people are unsheltered. We cannot permit our friends and neighbors to languish in poverty without any assistance.


As the report suggests, homelessness is a situation that varies significantly by state. The one unifying theme is the solution. By investing in housing-based, proven solutions, we can end homelessness in America.

Upcoming Counts

Most communities will add a chapter to The State of Homelessness in America 2012 in just a few weeks when they conduct their annual homeless count.

  • READ your local papers.
  • PAY ATTENTION to writers who cover your issues.
  • MAKE your pitch. Be direct, concise, and specific.
  • After this call, we’ll send out a toolkit with examples, samples.
  • We will send you the report by tomorrow morning. This report is embargoed until Wednesday, Jan. 18.
getting involved
Getting Involved
  • Advocacy = Education
  • Send a copy of the report to your policymakers!
    • Keep the issue top of mind
    • Show them can be a resource
    • Provide a local update

Questions? Contact Amanda or Kate

[email protected] / [email protected]

leveraging the report
Leveraging the Report
  • Leverage State of Homelessness to gain local media coverage
  • Media sets tone for local debate
  • Policymakers monitor media coverage very closely
policy implications
Policy Implications
  • Additional resources for homelessness and affordable housing are needed
  • Need to prioritize proven solutions for the most vulnerable

Join our FY 2013 McKinney-Vento Campaign!

Email Amanda at [email protected]

advance your policy priorities
Advance Your Policy Priorities
  • Don’t forget state and local policymakers!
  • Use the report to draw attention to homelessness and to your policy priorities
  • Remember: Advocacy is education, so use the report to educate policymakers and the public
next steps
Next Steps
  • January 12 (today): Sample materials circulated via email
  • January 17: Embargoed copy of the report circulated via email
  • January 18: Official, public release of the report

Questions? Contact Amanda or Kate

[email protected] / [email protected]