DATA VIZ: Homeless Veterans in Alaska

Published: May. 29, 2017 at 11:28 AM AKDT
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Data is sourced from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs’


The PIT Count is led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. And according to USVA, "each count enumerates the number of homeless individuals, including Veterans, on a single night."

The most recent unsheltered veteran estimate was collected in January 2016, according to USVA.


In January 2016, Alaska ranked No. 25, out of 54 states and territories, for its number of unsheltered veterans, nationally, according to data from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs’ Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.

On the night of the 2016 count, there was a total of 168 veterans in Alaska, according to USVA. Of this total, 112 Alaskan veterans were sheltered, but 56 were unsheltered.

In contrast to 2015, the USVA PIT Count indicates that there was a total of 180 veterans in Alaska, in which 149 were sheltered and 31 were unsheltered.

This is an 80.6 percent increase in unsheltered veterans. So in 2016, Alaska ranked No. 52, out of 54, for its annual percent change of unsheltered veterans, nationally.

Vermont, rank No. 53, and Maine, rank No. 54, had the two highest percent increases for unsheltered veterans in their states, at 116.7 percent and 133.3 percent, respectively.

And Rhode Island, with 89 total veterans, ranked No. 1 for having the lowest number of unsheltered veterans in its state – zero unsheltered veterans. Consequently, this state also ranked No. 1 for its annual percent change of unsheltered veterans.

Nationwide, there were 39,471 total veterans in the U.S., according to the USVA 2016 PIT Count. Moreover, approximately 67 percent were sheltered, and 33 percent were unsheltered.

Examine the interactive data visualization, above, to see how Alaska’s homeless veteran count compare to other states.

And if you are an Alaska veteran who has lost your home, contact USVA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-424-3838 or go to

for more information.

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