Winston-Salem, NC - A report on homelessness states that the homeless population in Forsyth County has decreased 58% since 2005.
The report, Point-in-Time Count, was started the year before Winston-Salem and Forsyth County launched the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. The first count on January 26, 2005 showed there were 194 chronically homeless people. The results from a count on January 30, 2013 show that number is down to 82 chronically homeless people.
This year's report also noted a decrease in homelessness among military veterans; 49% since that data was first collected in 2007.
The Ten Year Plan commission, jointly appointed by the city and county and staffed by the United Way of Forsyth County, has created more than 530 units of supportive housing - including 12 units for disabled people and 24 units for homeless veterans.
Mayor Allen Joines said in a news release, "I am exceptionally pleased to release this information. Our Ten Year Plan continues to be among the most successful anywhere in the nation. This dramatic decrease in homelessness is the result of six years of focused, collaborative work by numerous community organizations, and I thank them all."