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
Number of persons in households with at least one adult and one child (families with children)
Number of persons in households without children
Number of persons in households with only children
Chronically Homeless Persons
Severely Mentally Ill
Chronic Substance Abuse
Persons with HIV/AIDS
Victims of Domestic Violence
*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.
For more information, contact:
Kentucky Housing Corporation | 1231 Louisville Rd., Frankfort,
502-564-7630; 800-633-8896 (KY only); TTY 711