Point-in-Time Count Shows Decrease in Homelessness in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 12, 2016)—On January 27, 2016, the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness conducted the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless families and individuals. Overall numbers of those experiencing homelessness in our community have decreased since last year:  80 persons reported in January 2016 as compared to 129 persons in January 2015.

Of the 80 people reported homeless this year, fifteen were living on the streets and 65 were in shelter or transitional housing. The majority of people homeless in Orange County were living in households without children; male and over age 25.

“Service providers in our community continue to do excellent work to serve people in crisis and to stabilize people who are homeless in permanent housing,” says Corey Root, Homeless Programs Coordinator for Orange County. Root said Orange County has an array of service providers and programs, including shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing that serve people who are homeless.

According to Root, 20% of the homeless populations are chronically homeless – these are people who have a disability and have been homeless for over a year, or have four episodes of homelessness that total more than a year in a three year timeframe. Seven of the people reported homeless, 9% of the total, are veterans.

HUD Point-in-Time Count is an unduplicated count of households that are homeless – both people living in places not meant for human habitation and those living in shelter and transitional housing. Information: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hdx/guides/pit-hic/

For additional information and 2016 PIT statistics for Orange County, see the link below.  http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/hhrcd/OrangeCoPIT2016.pdf