Boston, MA - Massachusetts has historically maintained one of the lowest rates of homelessness in the United States in recent years, but according to a new federal report, the state may be trending in an entirely different direction. As of now, Massachusetts’ homeless rate is growing at an alarmingly increasing rate.
The recent 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress was conducted and the results are in: Massachusetts homeless rate has increased at an approximate 14% from last year to this year. This increase just so happens to be the largest increase in this nation, and it totaled in at approximately 2,500 people.
Additionally, research had found that approximately 130 of said homeless people are military veterans.
Over the past ten years or so, Massachusetts’ homeless rate has increased by approximately 30%. That makes Massachusetts’ second on the rating list over the past decade, with New York being first and weighing in at an approximate increase of 47%. Both states had also weighed in with the highest percentage of homeless families throughout the state. The report claimed that 57 out of every 10,000 people were homeless in the state of New York and 44 out of every 10,000 people were homeless in the state of Massachusetts.
On the other hand, the West Coast has been improving when it comes to their homeless statistics. According to the report, the West Coast has improved in recent years. For instance, both Los Angeles and San Diego cities have been showing that their attempts to solve the homeless crisis are paying off, with homeless rates slowly becoming lower. So far, the Los Angeles rate has lowered an approximate 3%.
As for the nationwide rates, approximately 190,000 people are currently unsheltered, meaning they are living in the streets and trying to get by from day to day. As for Massachusetts, 985 of the people that are homeless are also unsheltered. According to the reports, that is one of the lowest rates in the nation.
The main reason for the statistics rising is assumed to be the rise in rent in comparison to the non-rise in wages.