For Immediate Release
Contact: Charla Jackson Peter
June 30, 2010
(502) 564-7630, ext. 454
Today, June 30, at a regular meeting of the Kentucky Interagency
Council on Homelessness (KICH) Executive Committee in Frankfort, the
results of the 2010 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless were released.
During the 2010 count, which took place on January 28, 6,623 homeless
individuals were identified. The 2009 count located 5,999 homeless
individuals, although a major ice and snow storm that hit the state
around the same time of the count altered plans and prohibited efforts
for the count.
One of the major findings from the 2010 count was a 31 percent
increase, a total of 9,833 in 2010, in the number of precariously housed
outside of Jefferson and Fayette Counties (Jefferson and Fayette
Counties do not calculate the number of precariously housed).
Precariously housed means they were doubled- or- tripled-up with family
or friends, lived in substandard housing conditions, or were expecting
eviction within seven days. Precariously housed persons are in danger
of becoming homeless because their current housing situation is
unstable. These individuals do not meet the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development’s definition of homelessness and, therefore, do
not qualify for many federal housing programs.
A 2010 study conducted by Gary Painter with the Research Institute
for Housing America and the Mortgage Bankers Association titled, “What
Happens to Household Formation in a Recession?” suggests that more
individuals and families are living with friends or family because of
poor economic conditions. This finding could explain the increase in
the number of precariously housed.
Additional Results from the 2010 Point-In-Time Count
“The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness recently released the
nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness
called Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” said Jason Dunn, vice chair of KICH. “KICH will evaluate Opening Doors and determine ways to align Kentucky’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness to the national plan.”
The count is a coordinated effort of Kentucky Housing Corporation
(KHC), KICH, The Coalition for the Homeless in Louisville, and Central
Kentucky Homeless and Housing Coalition in Lexington. The U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a Point-In-Time
Count of the homeless every other year. Kentucky, one of the few states
to coordinate a statewide count, conducts a count every year on the
last Thursday in January in an effort to achieve more current accuracy.
“The count is a massive effort that asks local and state agencies,
service providers, and volunteers to come together in the middle of
winter to interview individuals, not just in a shelter or inside the
office of a service agency, but outside in the elements,” said KHC Chief
Executive Officer Richard L. McQuady. “We appreciate the time and
efforts of everyone who came out to participate in this very important
event. These results are an important piece of planning the state’s
efforts to assist homeless individuals and families.”
The 2010 Point-In-Time Count Report is available on the Kentucky Homeless Web site at www.kyhomeless.org and on KHC’s Web site, www.kyhousing.org, under Specialized Housing, Point-In-Time Count.
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
Kentucky Housing Corporation prohibits discrimination in
employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age, disability or veteran
For more information, contact:
Kentucky Housing Corporation | 1231 Louisville Rd., Frankfort,
502-564-7630; 800-633-8896 (KY only); TTY 711