GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The results of the 2014 Point in Time Count in Guilford County revealed chronic homelessness has decreased this year, but homelessness among veterans has increased.
Partners Ending Homelessness and more than 80 community partners conducted the count Jan. 29--a bitterly cold night in which count organizers said they found many homeless individuals taking advantage of the county's emergency shelters. Darryl Kosciak, executive director of Partners Ending Homelessness, explained partners actually spread out on Guilford County streets and in Guilford County shelters and manually count the number of people who are homeless. He said the count has been proven relatively accurate. It is conducted in all North Carolina counties, but results are not yet in for those of all Triad counties.
The Guilford County count for 2014 specifically revealed:
- five percent decrease in homelessness (from 949 in 2013 to 897 in 2014)
- 25 percent decrease in chronically homeless (143 in 2013 to 107 in 2014)
- 20-person increase in number of veterans experiencing homelessness (78 in 2013 to 98 in 2014)
- 44-person increase in number of domestic violence victims (65 in 213 to 109 in 2014)
- 14-person decrease in number of unaccompanied youth in Guilford County Schools(provided by GCS)
Kosciak explained Partners Ending Homelessness is particularly pleased by the decrease in chronic homelessness--a way of life the organizations seek to prevent by partnering homeless individuals with available resources. Of the increase in veterans experiencing homelessness, Kosciak said he will meet with partners next week to discuss what factors might have contributed to this trend.
Kosciak explained the domestic violence and unaccompanied youth data is not gathered on the night of the count, but they are pieces of data that help shed light on the broader state of homelessness. The data attributed the domestic violence increase to two factors--better identification and reporting of incidents and a connection between long-term economic distress and the likelihood of experiencing domestic violence.
The mission of Partners Ending Homelessness is to completely end homelessness in Guilford County.