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2013 Homeless Enumeration Results for the Washington Metropolitan Region Presented by: Michael Ferrell, Chairman MWCOG Human Services and Public Safety.

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1 2013 Homeless Enumeration Results for the Washington Metropolitan Region Presented by: Michael Ferrell, Chairman MWCOG Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee APRIL 19, 2013

2 2013 Point-in-Time Enumeration  COG’s 13 th annual enumeration  Conducted on January 30, 2013  Provides a one-day “snapshot” of the region’s homeless population  Updates data on the number of unsheltered persons and persons utilizing Winter Shelters, Year-round Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing Facilities, Safe Havens and Permanent Supportive Housing within nine metropolitan Washington area jurisdictions

3 How is Homelessness Defined?  Literally Homeless - People who reside in some form of emergency or transitional shelters, domestic violence shelters, runaway youth shelters, and places not meant for human habitation, which include streets, parks, alleys, camp sites, abandoned buildings, and stairways.  Formerly Homeless - People presently living in permanent supportive housing following a period of living on the street or in emergency or transitional shelter.

4 Homelessness By Jurisdiction, LITERALLY HOMELESS BY JURISDICTION Jurisdiction Percent Change Alexandria % Arlington County % District of Columbia 6,9546,865 -1% Fairfax County 1,5341, % Frederick County % Loudoun County % Montgomery County 9821,004 2% Prince George's County % Prince William County % TOTAL 11,83011, %

5 Household Composition, HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION Unaccompanied Youth Single Individuals People in FamiliesTotal MWCOG REGION ,1155,40511, ,2045,61111, ,6475,20611, ,7634,99511, n/a6,6895,29311, Percent Change68.8%-8.6%2.1%-3.6%

6 Family Composition, 2013 Children represent 60% of all people in homeless families and account for nearly a third (28%) of the region’s literally homeless population LITERALLY HOMELESS PERSONS IN FAMILIES BY JURISDICTION Jurisdiction Number of Families Adults in FamiliesChildren in Families Persons in Families Alexandria Arlington County District of Columbia ,169 Fairfax County Frederick County Loudoun County Montgomery County Prince George's County Prince William County ALL COG COCs1,6972,1593,2465,405

7 Homelessness and the Working Poor  38% of all homeless adults in families are employed (3 percentage points increase from 2012, back to 2011 level)  20% of all homeless single adults have jobs (3 point increase from 2012, back to 2011 level)  46% of all adults who have income reported that employment wages and salaries were their primary source of income (8 point increase from 38% in 2012 and 4 point increase from 42% in 2011)

8 Permanent Supportive Housing NOTE: The number of Formerly Homeless Persons in Permanent Supportive Housing increased by 10% from , from 8,657 to 9,517.

9 Recommendations and Challenges to Reducing Homelessness Recommendations:  Continue Housing First and Rapid Re-housing models that provide homeless residents with needed wrap-around services to assist them in their efforts to live as independently as possible.  Implement shelter diversion programs and prevention strategies that identify households at risk of homelessness and prevents their need to be housed in local shelter programs.  Increase and improve outreach efforts to unsheltered homeless people living in the woods and on the street

10 Recommendations and Challenges, continued  Jurisdictions are encouraged to support the creation of more living wage jobs.  The region should create affordable housing opportunities across income levels. Challenges:  Federal budget uncertainty and cuts in grant funding due to sequestration may limit progress on providing Temporary and Permanent Supportive Housing  Increasing housing prices in region further constrain affordable housing options

11 Are there any questions?  My contact information: Michael Ferrell, Executive Director District of Columbia Coalition for the Homeless (202)


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