Statistics on the Homeless In Rhode Island   

Below is an graphic illustrating the increase in homelessness from 2007-2014. These numbers reflect the number of different people who needed shelter throughout a year, and thus differ from the point-in-time count, which measures how many people are homeless on a given day.

Number of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness In RI

Year Total Emergency Shelters Children Families Domestic Violence
1995 4457 3361 1440 860 997
1996 4571 3669 1175 788 834
1997 4507 3630 1104 760 815
1998 4267 3626 930 638 610
1999 4319 3503 989 756 757
2000 4255 3407 971 742 790
2001 3921 3134 968 736 712
2002 4884 4079 1519 910 685
2003 4875 4000 1243 766 739
2004 4962 4124 1265 780 714
2005 4781 3947 1219 752 718
2006 4439 3605 1132 698 716
2007 3926 3172 1293 717 754
2008 4162 3369 1380 767 793
2009 4228 3487 1259 689 741
2010 4398 3765 1163 700 633
2011 4410 3781 1092 602 629
2012 4868 4162 1277 678 706
2013 4447 3752 1117 631 695
2014 4067 3422 986 535 645

Background on the Statistics

The statistics presented above were collected using the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). For these graphs and charts we have counted only those unique individuals who have utilized an emergency shelter or transitional housing program during the given time period. These figures do not include others who might be considered to be homeless, including those sleeping out of doors or those involuntarily doubled-up with friends or family.

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