Highlights from the 2009 Point-in-Time Count of People Who Are Homeless

On Jan. 28, 2009, there were 1,730 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.
663 of them were single individuals and 1,067 were people in families.


  • The 2009 Point-in-Time count shows that the overall number of homeless persons decreased slightly in the past year, by 5.7 percent from 1,835 to 1,730.
  • Nearly 62 percent of all homeless persons were in families, and 36 percent were under age 18.
  • The number of single individuals counted decreased by 81, and the number who were unsheltered decreased from 212 in 2008 to 129 in 2009.
  • The number of persons in families remained constant, but with more adults and fewer children under age 18.

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, or self-pay to live in a motel.
  • The homeless number also does not include formerly homeless persons who live in permanent supportive housing.
  • However, an additional 26 permanent supportive housing beds for single individuals were added since the 2008 Point-in-Time Count and this may be one factor contributing to a lower number of homeless individuals.

2009 Highlights from Point-in-Time Count (PDF)

For more information on the 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.

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