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Homelessness in Lincoln is declining

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates that an annual count be conducted of homeless individuals on a specified date. The most recent data reported is from the count conducted in 2018.15

  • In 2018, 451 persons in Lincoln were counted as homeless in the annual homeless Point-in-Time count.
  • In 2018, a little less than one quarter of homeless individuals were children under 18 years of age (107 children).
  • The homeless count hit a high in 2012 of 981 persons (310 children and 671 adults), and has been declining since.16
    • The number of homeless children is 65% lower than in 2012 (310 in 2012 vs. 107 in 2018).
    • The number of homeless adults is 49% lower than in 2012 (671 in 2012 vs. 344 in 2018).

15. The HUD definition of homelessness for the purpose of a Point-in-Time homeless count includes only people who are living unsheltered on the streets, in a vehicle or another place not fit for human habitation, or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. Many people and families considered homeless, or at risk of homelessness, including those in prison/jail, living in hotels/motels, or “couch surfing” are NOT included in the count.

16. The decrease in homelessness is believed to be attributable to increased support of homeless persons through the Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and domestic violence housing programs.