Homelessness In Our Community


Preventing and Ending Homelessness logo.Threats of severe temperatures and hunger — that’s what more than 1,000 children, women and men may face again today. Homelessness is a real problem in the Fairfax County-Falls Church community.

These numbers come from an annual Fairfax-Falls Church community survey. This Point-in-Time survey will give you a comprehensive look on the homeless population in our community. Read the 2016 Point-in-Time Count for more details.

 

KeysPeople in families accounted for 54 percent of all persons counted.
The majority of people without homes in our community are children and working families.

  • Thirty-two percent of all persons who were homeless were children under the age of 18.
  • Eighty-one percent of the adults in homeless families are female. 
  • Sixty-six percent of adults in families that were homeless were employed.
  • Sixty-four percent of the homeless people in families were in a transitional housing program. Thirty-six percent were being provided emergency shelter.

 

KeysSingle individuals represent 46 percent of the total number of persons counted.
One-hundred forty-six were experiencing chronic homelessness.

  • Eight percent of the single adults were reported as veterans.
  • Seventy-five percent of the homeless individuals were male.
  • Twenty-eight percent of single individuals who were homeless were employed.

 

KeysWe are home to the second largest number of people without homes
It might surprise you, but the second largest number of people who are homeless in our region live in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. Only in Washington, D.C., are there more people without homes. 

 

KeysLack of affordable housing is a national concern and it's the main cause of homelessness in Fairfax County
Low incomes and expensive housing are the main reasons for homelessness in our community. It is impossible to pay for an apartment when earning minimum wage — even if you work 24 hours per day, 7 days a week:

  • The average monthly rent as of January 2014 for a two-bedroom apartment was $1,731.
  • A family must earn $33.29 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment.
  • A family must earn an annual income of $69,240 to afford a two-bedroom apartment. (Source: Department of Neighborhood and Community Services)

 

KeysDomestic violence and health issues are also causes
The Point-in-Time survey on homelessness says:

  • Forty-nine percent of all persons in families were experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence.
  • Forty-two percent of single individuals who were experiencing homelessness suffered from serious mental illness and/or substance abuse, and many had chronic health problems or physical disabilities.

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