UPDATED May 12
It was cold on Jan. 28, just a few days after the blizzard when county and nonprofit personnel fanned out across our community for the annual Point in Time Count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness.
Though we found people homeless, it’s far less than when we first counted in 2008.
Homelessness in our county has decreased 42 percent since 2008. This represents 776 fewer people counted as homeless on one night in January 2016 than on one night in January 2008.
The 2016 numbers from our Office to Prevent and End Homelessness show significant decreases in almost every category from 2015, including:
|Total Number of Homeless||1204||1059||-145|
|Homeless Family Households w/ Children||213||179||-34|
|Families Homeless Due to Domestic Violence||94||87||-7|
|Chronic Homeless Among Single Adults||203||146||-57|
|Homeless w/Serious Mental Illness/Substance Abuse Among Single Adults||268||202||-66|
Why are we seeing these decreasing numbers? Contributing reasons include a countywide emphasis on homelessness prevention and housing availability, as well as an unified approach to homeless services with the county’s nonprofit and community partners, according to Dean Klein, director of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.
The Point in Time Report also shows there is still work to be done:
- Increase in Older Homeless Population: 139 single adults were over 55 years old in 2016; 123 were counted in 2015.
- Significant Amount of Homeless Single Adults: Even after a slight decline this year there were still 482 homeless single adults
The Point-in-Time count was conducted 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.