Homelessness in Amherst

Homelessness is prominent issue not only in Amherst, but nationwide. In Amherst, there is a large housing crisis and lack of public education as to how people can help and prevent this social injustice. In 2015, the year of most recent available data, there were 39 homeless adults counted; 29 were in Craig’s Place, 3 were in Jessie’s House, and 7 were unsheltered. A much larger number of individuals and families are served throughout the year. This past shelter season, Craig’s Place, the shelter under Craig’s Doors, helped serve 186 unique individuals from November 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016.

Listed below are some other statistics about these 186 individuals.

Season Totals

  • Shelter capacity (# of beds per night): 22- 34 (during expanded capacity)
  • % of individuals who stayed only 1 day: 15%
  • % of individuals who stayed less than 1 week: 24%
  • % of individuals who stayed between 1 week and 1 month: 27%
  • % of individuals who stayed 1-2 months: 18%
  • % of individuals who stayed over 2 months: 35%

Demographic Statistics

  • Gender Breakdown: 
    • Male: 77%
    • Female: 23%
  • % with mental health issues: 63% (23% struggle with severe mental health issues)
  • % reporting some form of substance abuse: 48%
  • % of those with substance abuse issue who also have a mental health issue: 74%
  • % chronically homeless: 29%
  • # under 25 years old: 14
  • # of Veterans: 16

Additional Data:

3 County CoC Seasonal Shelter Data Report