7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2017 12:21 PM CST
A homeless camp in Los Angeles is seen on Nov. 29, 2016.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St. But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in the US, is more than double that. The seven states with the highest percentage of unsheltered homeless residents, via the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

  1. California: 66%
  2. Oregon: 60%
  3. Hawaii: 54%
  4. Nevada: 53%
  5. Mississippi: 49%
  6. Florida: 46%
  7. Montana: 44%
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