What does this measure?
The prevalence of homelessness, expressed as a measure of homeless persons per 10,000 residents.
Why is this important?
The prevalence of homelessness can be an indicator of a community's ability to provide stable jobs that pay a living wage, adequate support for the unemployed, affordable housing and accessible health care. Homelessness is related to larger issues such as poverty, employment, mental health, substance abuse, and family violence. The way a community cares for its more vulnerable citizens can also be a marker of collaboration and social support systems.
How is our region doing?
MetroWest had a rate of 20 homeless persons per 10,000 residents in 2018, lower than the state rate of 29, but above the national rate of 17. The region's rate was down from a recent high of 27 in 2014 but still up from 14 in 2007. Since 2007, the statewide rate increased less, from 24 to 29, and the national rate has steadily decreased, falling from 21 to 17.
Notes about the data
It is very difficult to obtain an exact count of homeless persons, due to transience and limited resources for record-keeping. Comparable data presented for available counties are currently limited to point-in-time counts done on one night in January. Data for this indicator are released annually in October.
Notes: Rate is per 10,000 residents. Figures represent point-in-time counts.
Notes: Figures represent point-in-time counts.
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