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Homeless Point-In-Time Count Results Released

Jul 03, 2018

The 2018 Point-in-Time Annual Homeless Count Report estimates 372 people were experiencing homelessness in Cumberland County during a 24-hour period Jan. 24-25, 2018. The estimated number is 70 fewer than in the 2017 report. Of the 372 people, about 31 percent were under the age of 18.

Cumberland County Community Development, the City of Fayetteville Economic and Community Development and the Continuum of Care conducted the count from 6 a.m. Jan. 24 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 25. The 27-page report notes that 70 of the individuals are chronically homeless.

There has been a steady decrease since 2014 in the county’s per-capita homeless rate, from 2.0 to 1.1 homeless individuals for every 1,000 residents.

“For the fourth year in a row, we have seen an overall decline in our homeless population based on this annual one-day count and that’s good news.  This information is important as our agencies and community partners work to prevent and reduce homelessness in our community and to serve this population,” said Cumberland County Community Development Interim Director Delores Taylor.

The City and County, through an interlocal agreement, are providing $200,000 for a Homeless Initiative Program with Endeavors Inc. to provide housing stabilization assistance to individuals and families. Endeavors may use the funding for a variety of activities to assist people, including covering rental application fees; back rent up to six months; rent for up to six months; security and utility deposits; utility payments; moving costs; furniture; bus passes; employment assistance; job training or mental health services.

The Point-in-Time count is a 24-hour snapshot of homelessness in a community, and the information is used to assess the local homeless assistance systems in place; to strategically plan and structure programs to meet existing needs; and to inform the public about homeless trends. The count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development conducted in conformance with Federal and State requirements.

These findings are estimates and not precise counts. They should not be inferred as exact increases or decreases in the homeless population.

Demographics

Males made up 58 percent of the homeless population, females made up 41 percent and transgendered were 1 percent of the count. Sixty percent of the homeless population was over 25 years of age, while 31 percent of the population was under 18 years of age. Approximately 67 percent was African-American, while 25 percent was white.

There were 38 homeless veterans counted and 37 unaccompanied homeless youth.

Additionally, there were 48 victims of domestic violence, 38 adults with substance abuse, 46 adults with serious mental illness and two people with HIV/AIDS. Twenty-four people included in the count were released from medical care, behavioral health care or jail/prison the night before the survey.

Key Findings

Approximately one in five, or 18 percent, of homeless individuals are considered chronically homeless.

There are 175 homeless shelter beds for the homeless population of 372. There continues to be a median gap of 47 percent between the number of homeless persons and the number of beds.

Households with children are three times more likely to be sheltered while households without children are three times more likely to be unsheltered. Seventy-five percent of households with children are sheltered; 80 percent of households without children are unsheltered.

The full Point-in-Time report is available online at http://bit.ly/CCPointInTime.

For more information about the Point-in-Time report, contact Cumberland County Community Development at 910-323-6112. Cumberland County Community Development is located at 707 Executive Place, Fayetteville.