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Every Georgian Counts : Understanding Homelessness in Your Community. Who Are Georgia’s Homeless?. Unsheltered Homeless * Streets * Camping * Car * Substandard Housing *. Sheltered Homeless * Emergency Shelter * Transitional Housing * Motel Vouchers *. Precariously Housed

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Every Georgian Counts :Understanding Homelessness in Your Community


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Who Are Georgia’s Homeless?

Unsheltered Homeless

* Streets * Camping * Car * Substandard Housing *

Sheltered Homeless

* Emergency Shelter * Transitional Housing * Motel Vouchers *

Precariously Housed

* Doubled Up * Motels *


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Definitions

  • Sheltered Homeless Persons

    • People who reside in an emergency shelter or in transitional/supportive housing for homeless persons

  • Unsheltered Homeless Persons

    • People who reside in a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, abandoned buildings, encampments, dilapidated buildings [or who face eminent homelessness from eviction]

  • Precariously Housed Persons

    • People who are temporarily staying with

      family or friends due to loss of

      housing or economic hardship

    • People who are living in motel

      situations due to loss of

      housing or economic hardship

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Who is at risk for becoming homeless?

  • People with low incomes

    • 1.3 million living in poverty in Georgia

    • 595,665 people in Georgia have incomes ½ the poverty level

    • Georgia’s Housing Wage: $29,084

  • People with personal vulnerabilities

    • Mental illness

    • Substance abuse

    • Family violence


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Statewide Estimates

  • Data compiled from 2007 and 2008 counts

  • Model for unsheltered homeless plus shelter count

  • Over 20,000 people at a single point in time

  • Estimated that over 75,000 people will be homeless in Georgia sometime during the year


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Why Does This Matter?

Reasons to Understand Homelessness in your Community

  • Increased Funding/Resources

  • Long Term Community Planning

  • Development of a Ten Year Plan

  • Hidden Costs

  • Economic Benefits

  • Community Collaboration

  • Awareness


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Costs of homelessness

  • Study of Athens hospitals (Athens Regional and St. Mary's) – 576 homeless people made 7,000 visits in 2005

  • $2.4 million spent in 2005 by Athens hospitals

  • Burke County – night of January 27, 2008

    112 inmates/25 were homeless



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Overview of Common Methods to Understand Homelessness in Your Community

  • Service Count

    • Surveys collected by service providers over a designated period of time asking about homelessness on a certain night

  • Street Count

    • One night census of unsheltered living on streets and in woods

  • In-depth Survey

    • Administered to a sample of individuals asking detailed questions

  • Homeless Management Information Systems

    • Collects information about individuals/families served


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Service Count Methodology for Unsheltered and Precariously Housed

  • Housing screening surveys administered at service locations and other places where homeless people congregate or live

  • Point In Time

  • Surveys collected during the following week


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January 2008 Service Count: Dalton-Whitfield Housed

  • Collected 417 surveys

  • Identified 180 homeless persons

  • 40 agencies throughout the county participated

  • Part of the work of the Committee for Housing Stability (created in 2005)

  • Count part of larger community effort to work cooperatively to address housing issues

  • Lead agency – Dalton/Whitfield County Community Development Corporation


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Street Count Methodology: Atlanta Housed

  • One night canvassing of City

  • Volunteers, Service Providers and Formerly Homeless Individuals participate

  • Collects a count of any individuals/families that are obviously unsheltered on the night of the count

    • Sleeping on the streets, in cars or in structures not suitable for human habitation

  • Individuals/Families are not approached and all demographics are collected based on observation only


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Mixed Methodology: Gwinnett County Housed

  • Surveys administered at service locations

  • Collected surveys at locations where homeless individuals/families were known to stay

  • Collected surveys at hotel/motels where they knew families were living

  • Planning an in-depth survey with a sample of individuals/families based on results of service based count



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January 2008 Homeless Count Surveys Housed

  • 1578 surveys collected (by DCA and in 33 counties)

  • 2,041 people

Housing Status



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How many are homeless in Georgia? Housed

  • Data compiled from 2007 and 2008 counts

  • About 20,400 people at a single point in time

  • About 75,000 people will be homeless in Georgia sometime during the year


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Costs of homelessness Housed

  • Study of Athens hospitals (Athens Regional and St. Mary’s) – 576 homeless people made 7,000 visits in 2005

  • $2.4 million spent in 2005 by Athens hospitals

  • Burke County – night of January 27, 2008

    112 inmates/25 were homeless


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2009 Homeless Count Housed

Objective -- Count of homeless families and individuals

  • Understand the scope of

    the problem locally and

    statewide

  • HUD requirement for

    McKinney-Vento Programs

2009 Georgia Homeless Count



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Why Participate? (not in order of importance) Housed

  • Learn more about housing issues in your community

  • Build a housing and social services team around a concrete activity

  • Build your case for funding

  • Get ready for the 2010 Census

  • Build community support

  • Develop data for local comprehensive plans and consolidated plans (entitlement communities)

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Count Methodology for Unsheltered and Precariously Housed Housed

  • Housing screening surveys administered at service locations and other places where homeless people congregate or live

  • Point In Time – January 25, 2009

  • Surveys collected during the following week

  • DCA will arrange for data input and analysis of surveys

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Questionnaire Housed

  • Designed to be administered by staff or by volunteers

  • No more than 10 minutes

  • Questions to help with

    problem of duplication

  • Housing status questions

  • Family members

  • Special circumstances

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Who Is Surveyed? Housed

Screening Question: Have you had any difficulty with housing in the past month?

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Where To Survey Housed

  • Where people go for services

  • Where people congregate

  • On the telephone

  • Where people live -- Count people living in dilapidated housing, abandoned trailers, farm buildings, or encampments

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Preparing for the Count Housed

  • Potential participating organizations/locations for administering the survey

    • DFACS

    • Housing Authority

    • Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

    • Clothing Programs

    • Shelters

    • Community Service Boards

    • Health Department

    • Nonprofits

    • Day Labor Sites

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Other contacts Housed

  • Local government

  • Police Chief and Sheriff

  • Media

  • Churches

  • Family Connections

  • School and hospital social workers

  • Others

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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What a Successful Count Needs Housed

  • All of the identified organizations on-board and organized to collect the surveys

  • Trained staff and volunteers

  • Community support

  • Planning well in advance of PIT

  • Incentives for some locations

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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Timeline Housed

  • Decision to Count – August 2008

  • Count Coordinator Training – September 2009

  • Monthly Conference Calls – October-December 2008

  • Training Volunteers – January 2009

  • Count – January 26-January 30 (PIT Jan. 25)

  • Submit Data – February 2009

  • Results Back – May 2009


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Contact: Lindsey Stillman [email protected]

Want to be part of the 2009 count?

2009 Georgia Homeless Count


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