Fewer than than 6,000 Hoosiers were recorded as homeless this year, a two percent decrease from 2013. The state’s homeless population has seen a steady decline over the last four years.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority conducts what’s called a “point-in-time” count each January. Coordinating with homeless shelters and outreach groups around the state, the IHCDA determines the number of homeless people on a single night.
More than a million Hoosiers don’t know where their next meal will come from or when it will come, according to a report from Feeding America.
Nearly 16 percent of Indiana residents are food insecure – that includes nearly 346,000 children.
More than half likely qualify for federal assistance, such as food stamps. But 31 percent of those considered food insecure earn income above federal assistance eligibility levels – meaning their only access to help comes from charitable organizations.