General Off-Topic Board / Re: ITT: Jason, Bearly, Borders, Dotlyn, Trouble, et al. entertain PennyLane.« on: February 27, 2008, 09:50:33 AM »
I'd be interested in your stats, but your impressions certainly mean more than mine given your experience. I'll take your word for it... after all I don't have any stats either. It's just that DC never seemed to me to be over run by homelessness in a way that NYC, etc. is not. SF seemed to have way more homelessness, but... of course... that's got a lot to do with the fact that it's not nearly as unpleasant to be homeless in California.
OK, so the stats are actually pretty interesting. Also, it depends what the study is counting as homeless. For instance, in Chicago at least, homelessness can be placed in different categories. For students, living in an apartment with other families members when your guardian isn't the one on the lease is a kind of functional homelessness. The homeless rate among students has increased due to the decrease in available public housing, and so families have moved in together, creating more technical homelessness in some cases.
From the study I just looked at, Chicago's homeless population is .2% of the total population. In D.C., the homeless population is 1.0% of the total. Interesting to note, Boston also has a homeless population listed as 1.0%, Orange County is at 1.2% (likely for the reasons you noted), and Detroit comes in at a whopping 1.6%. I am just surprised at the Boston number, actually.