A new study shows Alaska has the No. 8 highest rate of homelessness in the U.S; the No. 22 and No. 30 highest percentage of women and children in the homeless population respectively.
Homelessness has become a full-blown crisis in America and is often linked with mental health issues and drug addiction, in addition to the rising cost of housing.
PsyDPrograms.org today released a study on the State of Homelessness in America using data through 2019 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The study includes state rankings on the overall homeless population, as well as numbers on women and children.
Here are key findings in Alaska:
No. 8 highest homelessness rate, 260.7 per 100,000 people.
No. 22 highest percentage of women in homeless population, 39.9%.
No. 30 highest percentage of children in homeless population, 17.6%
Here are key national findings:
10 highest homelessness rates: D.C., New York, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Alaska, Nevada and Vermont.
10 lowest homelessness rates: Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Virginia, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Illinois and South Carolina.
New York, Los Angeles and Seattle have the highest number of homeless people among major metro areas.