HUD works with Continuum of Cares to help end Homelessness in Tennessee
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The HUD Nashville Office of Field Policy and Management in conjunction with the Office of Community Planning and Development (Knoxville) recently conducted an Ending Homelessness Virtual Convening for the State of Tennessee that addressed and recognized the ongoing progress being made to end homelessness in the state.

"Over 7400 Tennesseans experienced homelessness in 2019 which is a 21% drop from 2014 thanks to your efforts. Also, from 2011-2019 thanks to you, Veteran homelessness dropped in the Volunteer State of Tennessee 29%," said HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett who participated in the virtual conference by providing opening remarks.

"The progress that is being made by our COC partners is truly remarkable and indicative of their commitment and ours to ending homelessness," said Sernorma Mitchell, HUD Nashville Field Office Director.

Additionally, representatives from the Jackson/West Tennessee Continuum of Care shared best practices they implemented to claim zero Veteran homelessness in their region. Over 50 participants exchanged information and resources to assist in the elimination of Veteran homelessness.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress earlier this year. The report found that 567,715 persons experienced homelessness across the country on a single night in 2019, an increase of 14,885 people since 2018. Meanwhile, homelessness among veterans and families with children continued to fall, declining 2.1 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively, in 2019.

There is significant local variation reported from different parts of the country. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia reported declines in homelessness between 2018 and 2019, while 21 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness. Homelessness in California increased by 21,306 people, or 16.4 percent, which is more than the total national increase of every other state combined.