Annual Homelessness Point-in-Time Survey Results Released

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March 31, 2008

Annual Homelessness Point-in-Time Survey Results Released

As the Fairfax-Falls Church community begins to implement its 10-year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, the 2008 Point-in-Time Survey released today provides the latest snapshot of the number of homeless individuals and families in the Fairfax-Falls Church area.                                               

The 2008 Point-in-Time Survey shows the number of homeless people in the community has stabilized during the past year, even though some fluctuations in the overall numbers can be detected:

  • Overall, there were 1,835 homeless people counted in the community, a slight increase from 1,813 in 2007.
  • The number of homeless families increased slightly to 311 compared to 307 in 2007. Nearly 60 percent of all homeless people were in families and 66 percent of adults in these families were employed.
  • There were 670 homeless children counted in the community, a slight decrease from 674 in 2007. Out of all homeless people, 36 percent were children and 75 percent of these children were under the age of 12.
  • The number of homeless single individuals increased slightly to 744 from 730 in 2007.

The annual count covers people who are literally homeless – those who live on the street, in shelters or in transitional housing. People who live in permanent supportive housing are not included in the final numbers, but they will continue to be tracked. This reporting system matches federal government guidelines. The count also does not include people who live in temporary arrangements but do not face immediate loss of shelter, or pay to live in a motel. However, outreach workers, community and faith-based programs often work with families and individuals living in these situations.

When this year’s count was conducted on Jan. 24, 2008, more than 20 nonprofit, faith-based groups and county agencies worked together to collect the data from more than 60 homeless assistance programs, including emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and other locations.

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