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Chatham County Homeless Statistics

The twelve month count of homeless individuals served in 2015 in Chatham County is now available. Overall the news is negative with a total count of 4,224 homeless persons. This is 227 more individuals experiencing homelessness than last year. This increase is attributed to a variety of factors but the major ones include lack of affordable housing options in Chatham County, inadequate comprehensive housing policy and investment, ongoing return of citizens from jails and prisons, and entrenched poverty. As in previous counts, the largest ethnic group facing homelessness is African Americans at 2,943 persons counted. The majority of these individuals are men. An indicator of this increase was evident this year in the growth of the number of homeless camps in Chatham County. The one bright spot is a reduction in the number of veterans who are homeless to 237 (down from 285 last year). The federal emphasis on addressing homelessness in our veteran population has contributed to this reduction. The number of chronic homeless persons was also reduced although this number includes many persons in the lowered veteran count. The most important thing we can do as a community to eliminate homelessness is to invest in housing for all our citizens. Housing policy can be broadened to ensure creative new types of housing are available to serve all income levels. We can ensure multi-unit housing over 10 units (no matter the location) have set aside units for low income persons. A continued commitment to NIMBY only ensures our homeless problem will grow. We can do better.

January-December 2015
Total Unduplicated Count 4,224 Homeless Individuals
354 Head of Household
January-December 2015 Adult and Children 17 and Under by Gender
Total Served 4,224 (Unduplicated)
January-December 2015 Breakdown by Ethnic Group
Total Served 4,224 (Unduplicated)
January-December 2015
Total Unduplicated Count 4,224 Homeless Individuals
738 Chronic
January-December 2015
Total Unduplicated Count 4,224 Homeless Individuals
237 Veterans
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