Highlights from the 2010 Point-in-Time Count of People Who Are Homeless

On Jan. 27, 2010, there were 1,544 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.
652 of them were single individuals and 892 were people in families.


  • During the past year, the number of people who were homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community has decreased nearly 11 percent.
    • On Jan. 27, 2010, a total of 1,544 people were counted who were homeless, of whom 892 were in families and 652 were single individuals.
    • Nearly 58 percent of all persons who were homeless were in families.
    • Single individuals who were homeless represented 42 percent of the total number of persons counted.
    • Thirty-six percent of all persons who were homeless were children under the age of 18.
  •  The number of homeless families decreased by over 16 percent.
    •  More than 60 percent of adults in homeless families were employed.
  • The number of single individuals who were homeless decreased slightly by 1.7 percent.
    • Sixty percent of single individuals who were homeless suffered from serious mental illness and/or substance abuse, and many had chronic health problems and/or physical disabilities.
  • Prevention initiatives, housing first and permanent housing with supports appear to be having an impact on the number of persons who are homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community.
  • 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.

2010 Highlights from Point-in-Time Count (PDF)

For more information on the 2010 Point-in-Time Survey and the 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless.

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