StatisticsOn January 25, 2012, there were 1,534 people who were literally homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community (the new annual total will be provided by Fairfax County in the near future). 697 of them were single individuals and 837 were people in families. During the past year, the number of people who were homeless in the Fairfax-Falls Church Community declined by one percent (15 people) from the number counted in January 2011. Persons in families decreased by 5.2 percent (46 people) compared to 2011. The number of single adults increased by 4.5 percent (30 adults) compared to 2011. There was also one unaccompanied youth counted as literally homeless in 2012.
People in families accounted for nearly 55 percent of all persons counted.
- 33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children under the age of 18, a slight drop of two percent from 2011 in the number of literally homeless children.
- 59 percent of adults in families that were homeless were employed. In 2011, 60 percent of adults in families were employed.
- 40 percent of all persons in families were homeless due to domestic violence, an increase from 35 percent in 2011. Nearly 52 percent of families identified domestic violence as the reason for homelessness.
- 16 fewer families were homeless in 2012 compared to 2011, with 46 fewer people, including 34 fewer children and 12 fewer adults.
- 64 percent of single individuals who were homeless suffered from serious mental illness and/or substance abuse, an increase from 60 percent in 2011, and many had chronic health problems and/or physical disabilities.
- 20 percent of single individuals who were homeless were employed. In 2011, 19 percent of single adults who were homeless were reported as employed.
- 51 percent of single individuals (353 people) were identified as chronically homeless, compared to 39 percent in 2011.
- An additional 43 adults were counted as unsheltered in 2012. Unsheltered individuals comprised 26 percent of total single adults compared to 20 percent in the 2011 count.
Increased outreach through new CSB Intensive Community Treatment Teams has been effective in identifying and engaging individuals who are unsheltered or without a place to stay at night.
An additional 56 people were counted in Outreach and Hypothermia/Winter Seasonal programs.
An additional 32 beds of permanent supportive housing were being implemented, and there was an increase of 26 in the number of individuals counted in permanent supportive housing for homeless single adults.
All statistics obtained from Fairfax County.