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Homeless Population On The Rise In Spokane

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Homelessness among families and veterans decreased over the past year while the total individual count rose during the same period, according to the annual one-night snapshot Point-In-Time Count conducted by the Spokane Regional Continuums of Care. Homelessness among families and veterans decreased over the past year while the total individual count rose during the same period, according to the annual one-night snapshot Point-In-Time Count conducted by the Spokane Regional Continuums of Care.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane released their annual homeless count on Thursday. 

The annual one-night snapshot count conducted by the Spokane Regional Continuums of Care indicated that while the number of homeless families and veterans is down, the overall number of homeless people in the city is up. 

A census taken back on January 23rd showed 146 homeless families in Spokane, which is down 4% from the previous year. The number of homeless veterans significantly decreased from the previous year by 36% to 85. 

However, in total, there were 1,149 homeless persons counted on the census, which is up 12% from the previous year, and ends a three year decline. The City of Spokane says the total during this year's count includes 155 unsheltered persons, a 158% increase over the 60 unsheltered persons counted in 2013. 

Other findings in this year's census include: 

  • 257 people experiencing severe mental illness, a 44 percent increase since last year. The number has increased each of the past two years.
  • 182 people with a chronic substance abuse condition, a 12 percent increase over the 162 counted the previous year. The number has increased each of the past two years.
  • 238 survivors of domestic violence—the highest number counted in any of the past six Point-in-Time Counts.
    • 151 chronically homeless individuals, a 76 percent increase over the 86 chronically homeless individuals counted in 2013. The highest number of chronically homeless individuals counted during the past six years was 270 in 2009.

       
Jerrie Allard, the director of the City's Community, Housing & Human Services department said in a press release issued on Thursday, "We have worked hard to direct resources where they are needed most and provide assistance in a coordinated manner. Those investments have helped us make gains with families and veterans, although we recognize there is still much work to do to end homelessness in Spokane.”

Overall, the numbers are down since the first homelessness census was taken back in 2006. That count showed there were 1,592 homeless persons in Spokane. 


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