New Bedford data shows lowest number of homelessness since 2017

New Bedford City Hall
New Bedford City Hall. (WLNE)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — New released data by the city of New Bedford shows the lowest number of people experiencing homelessness since 2017.

The Point-in-Time Count, an annual survey of homelessness, is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is usually conducted across the nation during the last 10 days of January. This year’s count was delayed until Feb. 23 because of January’s COVID surge.

According to data, this year’s count showed 370 adults or children in New Bedford are experiencing homelessness. That’s the lowest count since 2017.

The 2022 count also revealed that 61 people were unsheltered, 219 people were in emergency shelters and 90 were in transitional housing programs.

The Point-in-Time Count is conducted in New Bedford through the efforts of the New Bedford homeless continuum of care, known as the Homeless Service Providers Network . The HSPN is convened and staffed by the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

According to a press release, the count helps measure New Bedford’s progress toward ending homelessness and helps refine and strategically focus future planning efforts.

 “The city’s Point-in-Time Count ensures that individuals and families experiencing homelessness are counted in a respectful and compassionate manner each year. The important data collected in the count informs our efforts to provide vital services for those who need them most,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said.

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