Public Policy Institute
July 31, 2015
The Institute has released its annual Point-in-Time Count of people experiencing homelessness in Marion County. During the count, 1,666 individuals were identified as experiencing homelessness including 136 families and 285 children.
As the report's title acknowledges, many families are not able to secure housing in shelters. More than 25 percent of calls from individuals and families went unmet in 2014, according to data provided by Connect2Help, an organization that connects providers with homeless and domestic violence shelters. Also, the count details the number of people in emergency shelters, the top three reasons for the lack of permanent housing, the effect of homelessness on an individual or family's pets and more.
National research suggests the annual number of homeless persons at some point during the year is 3-5 times the number reflected in our Point-in-Time Count.