2015 Vermont Point-in-Time Report Released: Annual Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness Shows Modest
On a single night in January, 1,523 Vermonters were identified as homeless. The 2015 Point-In-Time Count, released today by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, showed a small overall decrease in homelessness by 2.3% compared to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count. However, while Chittenden County saw a substantial decrease by 11.5%, the remainder of the state saw a small increase in homelessness by 2.4%. Of the households counted statewide, 199 had children, or 18.6% of total households counted.
Total found homeless on one night decreased by 2.31% from the 2014 count.
166 persons identified as chronically homeless. Chronic homelessness decreased within Chittenden County by 33% and within the Balance of State CoC by 49% from the 2014 count. 199 households had children, or 18.6% of total households counted.
119 persons identified as veterans, almost equal to last year’s total of 120 persons.
The number of unsheltered persons, those living outdoors or taking shelter in a place unfit for human habitation, was 159 persons. This is a slight decrease of 2.5% from last year.
256 persons reported as victims of domestic violence; that count does NOT include children impacted.
561 persons identified as being homeless for the first time, or 36.8% of total persons counted.
474 persons identified as having a serious mental illness, or 31.1% of the total persons counted.
422 persons identified as having a substance abuse disorder, or 27.7% of the total persons counted.
336 persons identified as having a physical disability and 94 persons identified as having a developmental disability, or 22% and 6.2% of the total persons counted respectively.