The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created nearly 400 Continuums of Care (CoC) — local planning bodies in every state that coordinate housing and services for homeless people. The Howard Center identified 54 CoCs, highlighted below, where median rent is about a third or more of median income, the point at which homeless rates rise sharply. They are concentrated on the East and West Coasts.
* Homeless rates are an estimated percent of total population.
University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Capital News Service, the University of Oregon, Stanford University, Arizona State University, the University of Arkansas, Boston University and the University of Florida.