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Results of Statewide Homeless Count Announced

For Immediate Release

Contact:   Charla Jackson Peter

June 30, 2010

(502) 564-7630, ext. 454

 
Results of Statewide Homeless Count Announced

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

  • 1,460 homeless respondents were severely mentally ill.
  • 2,032 homeless respondents were chronic substance abusers.
  • 1,071 homeless respondents were victims of domestic violence.
  • 564 homeless respondents were veterans.
  • 15 percent of homeless individuals were completely without shelter across the state on the day of the 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. 

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