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