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A report on "couch-homeless," precariously housed people.

In the United States there are no local estimates of “couch-homeless” also sometimes called precariously housed, doubled up, couch surfers.  They are the homeless who stay with friends and family.  Although the US Census may have enumerated the couch homeless as household residents, it did not discern whether a person was homeless or a permanent household resident.  There are nation-wide estimates of the couch-homeless at 1-2% of the population, but no way to estimate local populations.  Using Census data, and surveys of homeless persons, rough estimates are a procedure was created to estimate the number of couch-homeless in local areas.  This number varies widely from city to suburbs and from urban to rural areas.  For the US overall, the estimate is 1.65% of the population is couch-homeless.

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