Point in Time Count reveals increase in homeless – not a surprise for most

HSN Homeless graph
On January 25, 2009 Homeless Services Network of Central Florida (HSN) completed the annual Point in Time Count, an annual effort to calculate the number of homeless in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. HSN is required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to complete this survey and the event itself made news. What we found interesting is that the results of this project did not make much of a stir when they were released in May. The Orlando Sentinel did report on the count, but we’re not aware of any other press coverage of the results.

We are frequently asked how many homeless individuals and families we serve on an average night, and consequently we know our community is interested in hearing the facts about homelessness in Central Florida. So, if you didn’t hear the Point in Time results anywhere else, here are the highlights:

• Based on the limited Point in Time Count that was conducted, HSN estimates that there are 3,970 homeless persons living in Central Florida on any given night in 2009.
• Using HUD-recommended statistical analyses based on PIT data collected, HSN estimates that 9,887 persons will experience homelessness in 2009 in Central Florida.
• This data shows a 17% increase in the number of homeless persons in the region over 2008 results.
The number of homeless veterans has increased from 1,185 in 2008 to 1,680 in 2009.
The number of homeless families with children has increased dramatically since 2008 (HSN used the U.S. Department of Education definition of homeless families for this statistic).
As of May, 2009, 4,206 homeless children had attended schools in the region, as compared with 2,700 during the 2007-08 school year.

For the complete report, click here.

Homelessness is on the rise in our community. What will you do about it?