Highlights from the 2013 Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness
On Jan. 30, 2013, there were 1,350 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.
603 of them were single individuals and 747 were people in families.
Characteristics of Single Individuals
Characteristics of Persons in Families
During the past year, the count of people
experiencing homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church
Community declined by 12 percent (184 people) from
the number counted in January 2012.
- Persons in families decreased by 11 percent (90 people) compared to 2012.
- The number of single adults decreased by 13 percent (94 adults) compared to 2012.
Single individuals represent 45 percent of the total number
of persons counted.
- 57 percent of single individuals who were homeless suffered from serious mental illness and/or substance abuse, a decrease from 64 percent in 2012, and many had chronic health problems and/or physical disabilities.
- 22 percent of single individuals who were homeless were employed.
- 9 percent of the single adults were reported as veterans.
104 adults were counted as unsheltered in 2013. Unsheltered
individuals comprised 17 percent of total single adults compared to
26 percent in the 2012 count.
People in families accounted for 55 percent of all persons
33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children
under the age of 18, the same percentage as last year.
- 58 percent of adults in families that were homeless were employed. In 2012, 59 percent of adults in families were employed.
- 27 percent of all persons in families were homeless due to domestic violence, a decrease from 40 percent in 2012. 30 percent of families identified domestic violence as the reason for homelessness.
19 fewer families were homeless in 2013 compared to 2012, with 90
fewer people, including 53 fewer children and 37 fewer
- 33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children under the age of 18, the same percentage as last year.
Prevention, rapid rehousing and housing first strategies, as
well as the utilization of mainstream resources including Bridging
Affordability and the expansion of permanent supportive housing
options, contributed to the reduction in homelessness in our community
- More single individuals participated in the winter seasonal and hypothermia prevention programs, contributing to a significant decrease in the numbered of unsheltered homeless counted during the 2013 PIT enumeration.
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 time-limited transitional housing or unsheltered living on the street. The count does not include people who are living in temporary arrangements with family or friends, who self-pay to live in a motel, or are currently residing in a hospital, jail, prison, treatment facility, or other institution, even if they 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. Also of note, a number of people in transitional housing programs that were counted in previous years were no longer included, due to HUD's revised definitions.