Homeless

A homeless man occupies a Chicago Transit Authority bus shelter during the coronavirus pandemic on the city's West Side on April 15.

Illinois had a 2019 homeless population of 10,199, or eight homeless people per 10,000 residents, according to a new study by the home services website Porch.com.

The share of the homeless population in Illinois was the ninth lowest rate among the 50 states, according to Porch.com, which based its conclusions on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.

The share of the state’s homeless residents living unsheltered was 18.5 percent, while the share of chronically homeless people among the Illinois homeless population stood at 18.1 percent.

Nationwide, more than 560,000 Americans, or 17.3 per 10,000 people, experienced homelessness last year, the researchers concluded. The U.S. homeless rate declined between the years 2007 and 2019, but the rate started to inch up again beginning in 2017, the study found.

Homelessness also tends to be concentrated in the nation’s 50 largest cities, where an estimated 53 percent of the U.S. homeless population lives, according to Porch.com.