Homeless Count Drops Statewide
June 25, 2014 – This week The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) released results of their annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count conducted in January. The count is described as a snapshot of homelessness in the state on a particular night.
The 2014 count showed a drop of percent when compared to last year, with 5,971 persons without a home on January 29th. According to IHCDA, there has been a 6% overall decrease in homelessness reported since 2010. The number of homeless households with children decreased by 12% from 2013, with 654 families recorded during the count. However the number of homeless households without dependent children increased six percent from last year to 3,827 statewide.
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, who chairs the IHCDA Board, said, “By proactively conducting the count annually, Indiana is able to track population shifts, gauge the effectiveness of initiatives and utilize the data in planning for future programs. We are committed to not only administering programs for the immediate needs of homeless service providers, but continuing to assess ways to systematically work towards ending homelessness in our state.”
According to IHCDA, Indiana’s 2014 Point-in-Time Homeless Count observed:
– 5,971 persons comprising 4,503 households were homeless during the last week in January 2014.
Of the 5,971 persons found and identified as experiencing homelessness:
– 5,568 were staying in emergency shelters, safe havens or in temporary transitional housing programs.
– 403 were unsheltered and found on the street.
– 3,827 households were persons without dependent children.
– 654 households were with dependent children.
– 1,277 were under the age of 18 years old.
– 710 of the adults counted were veterans.
– 1,203 of the adults counted were persons fleeing from domestic violence.
– 542 identified themselves as being characterized as “chronically homeless.”
– 933 adults counted identified themselves as having a substance abuse disorder.
– 770 of the adults counted identified themselves as having a serious mental illness.