Poverty and Homelessness in Ohio - 2015
Top 11 Counties by population in Ohio sorted by percentage of people living in poverty
The Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report assessing the number of homelessness people in the United States every year since 2007. The researchers when pressed said that many studies have found that somewhere between 7-10% of a County’s population living in poverty become homeless in a year. We used the figure from U.S. Census, the most recent figures available, the 90% confidence interval or the figure that the Census has the most confidence. Then we applied the 7-10% figure that researchers had determined. The higher the poverty rate the larger number we used. So Counties with 19% or more we used the 10% figure then 9.75% then 9.5% and on down to 7% for the richer counties. While we did not count every homeless person, we feel that these are good numbers for planning and assessment. It also should be understood that in Counties that have not recovered from the last recession including Cuyahoga County homelessness has only grown over the last two years. We are using the broader Department of Education definition for homelessness.