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2009 Point in Time Survey Highlights

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  1. 2009 Point in Time Survey Highlights Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Advisory Council on Homelessness

  2. Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Advisory Council Service Area Covers the same geography as the Regional Commission service area (less Franklin County and Rocky Mount)

  3. On January 25, 2009 597 Homeless Adults and Children Needed Shelter

  4. “. A very scary feeling wondering if you will always live this way; economy makes things even scarier” Homeless person comment 2009 PIT interview

  5. Of the 597 Homeless-97% were in shelters

  6. 18% increase this year over last

  7. 240 Participated in Survey • Of the 597 people experiencing homelessness only 240 elected to participate in the survey. • Consistent with prior years practice, no children under the age of 18 participated in the survey

  8. Male Majority

  9. Majority White Population

  10. Majority homeless 1-2 years – a trend toward longer time homeless

  11. Why are you homeless

  12. 39.6% homeless for the first time

  13. 50% came to Roanoke in a homeless position

  14. Why come to Roanoke? Shelter and Jobs

  15. Where did you sleep last night?

  16. Beds are usually available

  17. Space availability is the issue

  18. Children are affected too

  19. How day care is handled

  20. 21% are veterans – a lesser percent than last year

  21. 71.7% have high school education or beyond

  22. Income SourcesFood Stamps and Employment

  23. Nearly three quarters unemployed

  24. 50% are looking for work

  25. How do you get around

  26. Medical Treatment

  27. 28% currently receiving mental health services

  28. 30% have been treated for problems related to alcohol

  29. 27% previous treatment for drug dependency

  30. Challenges facing homeless

  31. Homeless Comments • Without housing, stress multiplies on itself.. • Sad that jobs are so scarce where you can’t find a job. • We can be responsible and accountable if things are affordable and livable.

  32. Methodology • The procedures used to collect information for this Point in Time Survey were consistent with those used in prior surveys • Homeless clients were interviewed by agency staff, the Homeless Assistance Team and other volunteers • 100% of Shelters elected to participate in this survey

  33. This report was prepared by the Council of Community Services and made possible by the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Advisory Council on Homelessness