New Homelessness Count: Under 1,000 Milestone is Reached

Infographic showing that the homeless population has decreased 47% since 2008.

We have reached a significant milestone in our efforts to decrease the number of people who are homeless in our county! For the first time in the nine years that Fairfax County has been reporting our annual Point In Time Count, less than 1,000 people were reported as being homeless.

On the night of Jan. 25, there were 964 people who were homeless in the Fairfax County and Falls Church area.

  • 474 were people in families, including 286 children
  • 490 people were single individuals, including 155 older adults, ages 55 and over

Watch the video about the 2017 Results:

Homelessness in our county has decreased 47 percent since 2008. This represents 871 fewer people counted as homeless on one night in January 2017 than on one night in January 2008. The count is made following federal guidelines 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.

Read 2017 Point in Time Demographics

Chart indicating number of people who are homeless in Fairfax County since 2008.


A Breakdown of the Numbers

The 2017 numbers from our Office to Prevent and End Homelessness show significant decreases in many categories with some slight increases among our single individuals:

2016 2017 Change
Total Number of Homeless 1059 964 -95
Children in Families That Are Homeless (Under the Age of 18)  341 286 -55
Families Homeless Due to Domestic Violence   87 60 -27
Chronic Homeless Among Single Adults 146 150 +4
Homeless w/Mental Illness/Substance Abuse Among Single Adults 202 216 +14


A Partnership to End Homelessness

Why are we seeing these decreasing numbers? Contributing reasons include a countywide emphasis on homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, 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 Count was conducted in coordination with the entire Metro Washington, D.C. region; all the local jurisdictions’ (and throughout Virginia) counts were done on Jan. 25. More information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


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