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f you read the first part of our series last week, then you know that homelessness is up 11 percent according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal.

Though this statistic is staggering, there’s another figure we should be paying close attention to – 226 days.

That’s how long it’s been since this year’s Point in Time count was conducted, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development has yet to release national numbers. This annual count provides the most thorough report of the total number of Americans experiencing homelessness. Without this information, we cannot effectively fight the underlying causes of homelessness or efficiently allocate resources to break the cycle of poverty.

So for 226 days, the Biden administration has left Americans in the dark, wondering to what extent our nation’s homelessness crisis has escalated.

After seven months, why hasn’t the Biden administration published the numbers? What are they hiding?

With regions across the country sharing their local figures, foreshadowing how dire things have really become, it’s likely no accident the Biden administration is sitting on the full report.