The following numbers are based on data gathered probably from 2017 and published by HUD in 2018. It is my belief that the number is even greater due to the means by which HUD data is collected based on the Point in Time Survey. 1 in every 588 Americans is homeless. 194,467 people will sleep on the street across the USA tonight (HUD 2018).The ten states with the highest homeless rates account for 55% of the homeless population – CA, NY, FL, TX, WA, MA, OR, PA, IL, CO. 18% are chronically homeless (HUD 2018). 7% are unaccompanied youth under 25 (HUD 2018). 7% are veterans (HUD 2018).