Archive for January 18th, 2011

18th January
written by Catherine An

So you’ve seen the report. And you’ve read our clips. And maybe you even sat through the entire video or the press conference.

We appreciate it, we really do! We appreciate all the support that the entire community has shown for our The State of Homelessness report.

But if you’ve done all those things (and nothing more) – you’re probably missing the best part of our report!

The interactive tools. (Cuz really, what’s better than maps?)

The Alliance produced a series of maps for each of the indicators in the report. A few of my faves:

  • The total homelessness by state map that shows the homeless population by state and the percent chance by state from 2008 to 2009.
  • The severe housing cost burden among poor households by state which shows the number of households that are paying 50+ percent of their income on rent and shows the percentage change of those numbers from 2008 to 2009.
  • The unemployment by state map – even if it is no big surprise and wholly depressing
  • The doubled up map – mostly because this is maybe one of the coolest indicators in the report (in my opinion).

But that’s 4 of 12, guys – there are way more maps to check out and we’re not even done building all of them yet! They’re a great way to learn more about your specific state and get a visual representation of how some states are doing compared to others. Yeah, so Texas, California, Florida aren’t doing so well – but there are other states that will likely surprise you!

Which ones, you ask? You have to check them out to see!

(And while we’re on the topic of interactive tools, a big THANK YOU to Good Magazine for featuring our Multi-Year Homeless Count Map on their blog! Thanks Zach Slobig!)