All Home recently published their 2018 Count Us In Report, which displays the findings of the Point-in-Time Count: a count led by 600 trained community volunteers identifying cases of both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness. The street count took place on January 26th, 2018 with the majority counted between the hours of 2:00AM and 6:00AM. Sheltered locations and youth/young adults were counted on January 25th, 2018.
The Count Us In report specifies that 12,112 individuals are experiencing homelessness, with 6,320 reported as unsheltered. Last year’s count was put at 11,643 individuals with 5,485 counted as unsheltered. The total numbers for 2018 present as a 4% increase from 2017. Some highlights of the report are listed below:
- In 2018 there were an estimated 3,372 persons living in a motor vehicle, a 46% increase compared to 2017.
- While the count of homeless individuals was higher in 2018, unsheltered individuals decreased by 7%, or about 223 individuals.
- Compared to 2017, individuals residing in emergency shelter increased by 3%, while those in transitional housing decreased 17%.
- In 2018, an estimated 2,624 individuals experiencing homelessness were part of a family with minor children.
- Count Us In also noted that “Homelessness disproportionately impacts people of color and people identifying as LGBTQ+”. Individuals identifying as Black or African-American counted as 27% of the Point-in-Time Count. Hispanic or Latino-identifying persons were at 15%. Individuals identifying as multiple races counted for 16%.
- Of those counted, 8% identified as bisexual, 6% as gay or lesbian, and 1% identified as queer.
- 36% of respondents reported a history of domestic violence/partner abuse. 7% identified that the violence/abuse was current.
To view the report and for more on the findings, methodology used, or other demographic information not listed here, visit the All Home: Count Us In webpage: http://allhomekc.org/king-county-point-in-time-pit-count/