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Results of Homeless Count Announced

Results of Homeless Count Announced* 

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) recently released the results of the 2013 K-Count, a count of homeless Kentuckians in the Balance of State (118 counties outside of Fayette and Jefferson).

The count, conducted on January 30, 2013, identified 2,392 homeless men, women, and children.  The number of homeless persons has been declining since 2008 when 4,027 homeless were counted.

The decrease may be attributed to the success of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program called Kentucky’s Housing and Emergency Assistance Reaching The Homeless (KY HEARTH).  In the three years (2009-2012) the program was in existence, 21,473 persons were assisted with either homelessness prevention or homeless assistance; 82 percent of these individuals moved into permanent housing.

Nationally, the program was so successful the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) added homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing components into the Emergency Shelter Grant—now called the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).

KHC receives funding from HUD for the ESG Program.  Through a competitive process, agencies apply to KHC for an allocation of funds to assist eligible individuals and families.  Applications for the 2013 ESG Program were due in April.  It is expected KHC will announce the recipients in July 2013.

“This count would not be possible without the efforts of our homeless service providers across the Commonwealth,” said KHC Chief Executive Officer Richard L. McQuady.  “We appreciate the commitment of these partners to tell the story of homelessness in our state.”

HUD is required by statute to conduct homeless counts, and it requires a sheltered and unsheltered count at least every other year as a condition of funding for its homeless service programs.  The count must take place on a single night, during the last ten days in January.  The Balance of State conducts a count every year to better understand causes of and trends in homelessness in the state.  The next count will take place Wednesday, January 29, 2014.  As it becomes available, more information will be added to the K-Count web page on KHC’s Web site.

The tables below summarize the findings* of the 2013 count.  A county-by-county breakdown is available on KHC’s website.

Number of Homeless Persons 

Category 

Sheltered 

Unsheltered 

Total 

Number of persons in households with at least one adult and one child (families with children)

893

183

1,076

Number of persons in households without children

888

413

1,301

Number of persons in households with only children

11

4

15

Total persons

1,792

600

2,392

 

Homeless Subpopulations 

Category 

Sheltered 

Unsheltered 

Total 

Chronically Homeless Persons

144

212

356

Veterans

173

72

245

Female Veterans

13

6

19

Severely Mentally Ill

310

155

465

Chronic Substance Abuse

399

110

509

Persons with HIV/AIDS

5

8

13

Victims of Domestic Violence

431

119

550

*These numbers do not include Fayette and Jefferson Counties.  HUD considers these areas of the state separate Continua of Care; therefore, they are not included in the Balance of State numbers.  These areas also apply for and receive a separate allocation of ESG funds from HUD. 

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Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency, was created by the 1972 General Assembly to provide affordable housing opportunities.  As a self-supporting, public corporation, Kentucky Housing offers lower-than-market rate home mortgages, housing production financing, homeownership education/counseling, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and supportive housing programs for special needs populations.

 Kentucky Housing Corporation prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, disability, familial or veteran status.