Resources: Homeless Count 2011 Findings
This summary highlights the key findings from the 2011 Alameda Countywide Homeless Count and Survey Report, reflects on how recent activities undertaken with the local system of care may have contributed to the results, and discusses implications for future efforts to reduce and end homelessness.
The overall count is down 3.8% with significant reductions in persons living with serious mental illness, veterans, and families. Intentional and strategic investments of resources such as federal homeless prevention and rapid rehousing (HPRP) funds have achieved promising results. Unfortunately, the data also reveals a growing population of unsheltered single adults, providing our system of care a compelling mandate to find ways to reverse this troubling trend.
Our efforts to target resources to homeless persons with mental illness are showing remarkable results. 818 homeless persons are living with severe mental illness, a 19% reduction from 1,007 persons in 2009. Our efforts are also making a difference in reducing homelessness among veterans. 488 homeless persons are veterans, a 13% reduction from 561 persons in 2009. The total number of chronically homeless single adults increased 9%, from 1026 in 2009 to 1,116 in 2011.
Alameda County is committed to using data to plan, implement, evaluate, and refine our service delivery system for homeless and at risk people. The information contained in the 2011 Homeless Count and Survey Report informs not only our understanding, but our actions as we seek to improve outcomes for people who have lost their homes. We will use this information to target resources and refine programs, believing that we can continue to reduce homelessness for families, veterans, and persons living with serious mental illness while simultaneously achieving reductions in the numbers of homeless adults, particularly those who are unsheltered. We will continue to work together to innovate, replicate effective strategies, and maximize the use of our resources. Together we can and will end homelessness.
For questions regarding the data or trends in Alameda County, contact Elaine deColigny, Executive Director, at Elaine.firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.670.5944.