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 Single Individuals.

Characteristics of Persons in Families

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 persons counted.
    • 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 adults.

  • 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 housing.

  • 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 single adults.

  • 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.

View the 2012 Point-in-Time Count Highlights (PDF).

View Archived Point-in-Time Counts.



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