WASHINGTON – On a single night last January, there were 636,017 homeless people in the United States, including 7,747 individuals in Maryland, according to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s annual count on homelessness.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said more than 3,000 cities and counties across the country reported modest declines from the 2010 count, a significant achievement as the nation struggles to recover from the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. HUD credited the impact of the Recovery Act’s $1.5 billion Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program , with helping individuals and families weather a sudden economic crisis.
The count in Maryland included more than 1,033 homeless families and 592 homeless veterans. More than half of the state’s homeless were in Baltimore City, HUD reported.
Last month, Governor O’Malley announced the award of more than $578,000 to 48 homeless shelters across the state through HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grant program. In addition to emergency shelter, the grants help fund support services to help individuals and families find long-term affordable housing solutions – a key component of the governor’s plan to end homelessness by 2015. Learn more.