Mississippi boasts the lowest homelessness rate in the United States

Homelessness is on the rise across the United States, but there is some good news for Mississippi. The state’s numbers are moving in the right direction, showing a positive trend.

According to USAFacts, Mississippi had the lowest rate of homelessness nationwide last year, with only 3.3 out of 10,000 people experiencing sheltered homelessness. In 2023, a total of 982 people in Mississippi were reported to be homeless, which accounts for approximately 0.0015% of America’s homeless population. Interestingly, this rate is over five times lower than Mississippi’s share of the country’s overall population.

According to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USAFact has found some alarming statistics regarding homelessness in Mississippi last year. The findings are based on the 2023 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Let’s take a look at the numbers below.

    • Homeless individuals
    • Homeless people in families with children
    • Unaccompanied homeless youth
    • Homeless veterans
    • Chronically homeless individuals
    • Sheltered homeless people
      • 538 (45.2% of the overall homeless population in MS)
    • Unsheltered homeless people
    • Change in homelessness since 2022
    • Change in homelessness since 2018
    • Change in homelessness since 2007
    • 538 (45.2% of the overall homeless population in MS)

Between 2022 and 2023, Mississippi experienced a significant reduction in homelessness. The state witnessed the third largest decrease in homelessness, with a decrease of 17.9%, equivalent to 214 fewer homeless individuals. Furthermore, Mississippi also saw a substantial decline in unaccompanied homeless youth, with a reduction of 66.7%, translating to 84 fewer individuals. Notably, Mississippi achieved the largest percentage decrease in homeless veterans, with a remarkable 56.1% reduction, accounting for 78 fewer veterans. These statistics highlight the state’s dedication to addressing homelessness, as evidenced by the impressive 83% decrease in homeless veterans since 2009.

The number of Mississippians experiencing chronic patterns of homelessness has significantly decreased by 80% since 2007. However, it is concerning that Mississippi has the second highest share of homeless individuals in the state, with a staggering 79% living in unsheltered locations.

Accessing resources for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness has never been easier. Simply dialing 2-1-1 connects individuals to a wealth of information and referrals to social services and other forms of assistance. This convenient 3-digit number was designated by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000. The service is provided by over 200 local and national organizations, including United Ways, Goodwill, Community Action Partnerships, and local crisis centers, all dedicated to serving their communities.

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