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Posted on: May 14, 2018

Report: Homelessness Declines in Region, Increases in Loudoun

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A recently-released report, Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington, by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments indicates an overall decrease in the number of households experiencing homelessness in the region, with an increase recorded in Loudoun County. 

The Point-In-Time Count conducted annually in Loudoun and across the region is intended to provide a single-day snapshot of a community’s homeless population as well as households that may be on the brink of becoming homeless. The count, which was coordinated locally by the Loudoun Continuum of Care, included outreach to a wide range of people including veterans, older adults and those aged 18 to 24. 

Key findings from Loudoun County include: 
  • The number of households in Loudoun County experiencing homelessness increased in 2018 by 18.5 percent compared to 2017.
  • There was a 21 percent increase in the total number of single adults experiencing homelessness and a 36 percent increase in the total number of families experiencing homelessness in Loudoun since 2017.
  • Homelessness among Loudoun County veterans decreased by 16 percent compared to 2017.
  • On the night of the count, nine households were found unsheltered in Loudoun and were connected with resources and services to help them.
“The results of the Point-in-Time Count will help inform our decision-making for specific types of housing needs and areas of program development,” said Loudoun County Department of Family Services Director Glenda Blake. “This will include community outreach to raise public awareness of the services we offer to help prevent homelessness.”

Loudoun County offers a variety of programs to assist households in need through the Department of Family Services and the Loudoun Continuum of Care, which is a community coalition of public, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations that provide a variety of programs and supportive services to persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Blake said that anyone who may be experiencing a housing crisis is encouraged to contact the Department of Family Services at 703-777-0353. “Our goal is to offer encouragement, support and assistance to any community resident who needs it,” Blake said.

More information, including links to the Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington report and the Loudoun County Point-in-Time report, may be found at www.loudoun.gov/PointinTimeCount.


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