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Faces of Homelessness

Chronic Homelessness

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines chronic homelessness as an unaccompanied individual who has a disability and has been homeless either for at least one year or has experienced four episodes of homelessness within the past three years. A family in which one member of the family meets the definition of chronic homelessness is also considered chronically homeless.

Image of a man who has experienced chronic homelessness


Nationwide about 250,000 families experience homelessness on an annual basis. Rapid Re-Housing and Prevention are solutions to ending family homelessness.

Homeless families share similar characteristics to families living in poverty.

A mother and child who have experienced homelessness in Nashville


About 76,000 people who experience homelessness are veterans. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to ending veteran homelessness by 2015.

A veteran and his companion in their campsite

Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness