Highlights from the 2014 Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness
On the night of January 29, 2014 there were 1,225 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community. This represents a 9% reduction from the number counted in January 2013, or 125 less people. These results demonstrate the continuing decline in homelessness as evidenced in the chart below. The total decrease in the homeless population from 2008 to 2014 is 33%. Adoption of housing first and rapid rehousing models, heightened prevention efforts, prioritizing housing for the longest and most vulnerable homeless through the 100,000 Homes campaign, additional VASH vouchers, dedication of new housing options to the chronically homeless, and the opening of Mondloch Place have assisted in this significant reduction. The results would be even more substantial if additional housing options were available. The reduction in homelessness will not continue at the same pace in the future without significant increases in the availability of affordable housing.
During the past year, the count of people
experiencing homelessness in the Fairfax-Falls Church
Community declined by nine percent (125 people) from
the number counted in January 2013.
- Persons in families decreased by seven percent (52 people) compared to 2013.
- The number of single adults decreased by 12 percent (73 adults) compared to 2013.
Single individuals represent 43 percent of the total
number of persons counted.
- 55 percent of single individuals who were homeless suffered from serious mental illness and/or substance abuse, a slight decrease from 57 percent in 2013, and many had chronic health problems and/or physical disabilities.
- 196 adults were chronically homeless individuals. This is a reduction of 19 percent from 2013.
- 73 percent of the homeless individuals were male, the same percentage as in past years.
- 24 percent of single individuals who were homeless were employed, a slight increase from 22 percent in 2013.
- 8 percent of the single adults were reported as veterans, compared to nine percent in 2013.
66 adults were counted as unsheltered in 2014, marking 38 less than
during the 2013 count. Unsheltered individuals comprised 12 percent
of total single adults compared to 17 percent in the 2013
People in families accounted for 57 percent of all persons
33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children
under the age of 18, the same percentage as the last two
- 78 percent of the adults in homeless families are female. The number of adult men in families increased from 18 percent in 2013 to 22 percent in 2014.
- 59 percent of adults in families that were homeless were employed. In 2013, 58 percent of adults in families were employed.
- 33 percent of all persons in families were homeless due to domestic violence, an increase from 27 percent in 2013.
- 62 percent of the homeless people in families were in a transitional housing program. 38 percent were being provided emergency shelter.
19 fewer families were homeless in 2014 compared to 2013, with 52
fewer people, including 45 fewer children and 7 fewer adults.
- 33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children under the age of 18, the same percentage as the last two years.
The Point-in-Time count was conducted on January 29, 2014 in coordination with the entire Metro DC region. The annual count is conducted consistent with the guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and covers people who are literally homeless – those who are in shelters, in time-limited transitional housing programs, or unsheltered and living on the street. Conducting the enumeration requires extensive efforts by a wide range of community partners, involving dozens of staff and volunteers from public and private nonprofit organizations that work with people who are homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church community.
of Single Individuals
Characteristics of Persons in Families