Highlights from the 2012 Point-in-Time Count of People Who Are Homeless
On Jan. 25, 2012, there were 1,534 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.
697 of them were single individuals and 837 were people in families.
Characteristics of Single Individuals
Characteristics of Persons in Families
During the past year, the number of people who were homeless in the
Fairfax-Falls Church Community declined by one percent (15 people)
from the number counted in January 2011. Persons in families decreased by
5.2 percent (46 people) compared to 2011. The number of single
adults increased by 4.5 percent (30 adults) compared to 2011. There was
also one unaccompanied youth counted as literally homeless in 2012.
People in families accounted for nearly 55 percent of all
33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children
under the age of 18, a slight drop of two percent from 2011 in the
number of literally homeless children.
- 59 percent of adults in families that were homeless were employed. In 2011, 60 percent of adults in families were employed.
- 40 percent of all persons in families were homeless due to domestic violence, an increase from 35 percent in 2011. Nearly 52 percent of families identified domestic violence as the reason for homelessness.
16 fewer families were homeless in 2012 compared to 2011, with 46
fewer people, including 34 fewer children and 12 fewer
- 33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children under the age of 18, a slight drop of two percent from 2011 in the number of literally homeless children.
Single individuals represented over 45 percent of the total
number of persons counted.
- 64 percent of single individuals who were homeless suffered from serious mental illness and/or substance abuse, an increase from 60 percent in 2011, and many had chronic health problems and/or physical disabilities.
- 20 percent of single individuals who were homeless were employed. In 2011, 19 percent of single adults who were homeless were reported as employed.
- 51 percent of single individuals (353 people) were identified as chronically homeless, compared to 39 percent in 2011.
An additional 43 adults were counted as unsheltered in 2012.
Unsheltered individuals comprised 26 percent of total single adults
compared to 20 percent in the 2011 count.
Prevention initiatives, housing first and permanent housing with
supports continue to have an impact on the number of persons who
are homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. Prevention
initiatives have been especially effective for families with
children. During 2011:
- Over 900 people received prevention or rapid re-housing financial assistance.
An additional six families were placed into permanent supportive
Increased outreach through new CSB Intensive Community Treatment
Teams has been effective in identifying and engaging individuals
who are unsheltered or without a place to stay at night.
- An additional 56 people were counted in Outreach and Hypothermia/Winter Seasonal programs.
An additional 32 beds of permanent supportive housing were being
implemented, and there was an increase of 26 in the number of
individuals counted in permanent supportive housing for homeless
The annual Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in the
Fairfax-Falls Church Community follows the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) reporting guidelines and covers people who
are literally homeless – those who are in shelters, in transitional
housing or unsheltered living on the street.
The count does not include people who live in temporary arrangements
but do not face immediate loss of shelter, who self-pay to live in a
motel or youth who are staying temporarily with others but who do not
have a permanent stable residence.
- The numbers also do not include formerly homeless persons who now live in permanent supportive housing or persons who live in permanent housing but are receiving supportive services to maintain housing stability and prevent homelessness.