COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS RELEASE 2017 SAN BENITO COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS REPORT

Results Show Decrease in San Benito County

 

San Benito County, California (June 23, 2017):  The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers conducted the biannual Point-in-Time Homeless Count on January 25, 2017 and the results have now been released.  By regulation, the 2017 count utilized the definition used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which includes persons living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation, but excludes persons who are living doubled up with others due to economic hardship.  The number of individuals counted in the general street and shelter count was 527.  This represents a decrease of 19% since the last count in 2015.

 

Approximately 77% of all individuals counted were unsheltered, with 23% sheltered.  56% were men, 42% women, and 2% transgender.  41% of those experiencing homelessness had been homeless six or more times in their lifetime, 73% had been homeless for more than a year, 73% cannot afford rent and 82% were currently unemployed.  Current health conditions affecting housing stability or employment include drug or alcohol abuse, chronic health conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, physical disability, emotional or mental conditions, traumatic brain injury and HIV/AIDS.

 

“It is encouraging to see a decline in these numbers.  However, our work is far from over.” Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Executive Officer Katherine Thoeni states, “The long-term solution to ending the cycle of homeless in our community is a concerted multi-jurisdictional strategy to significantly increase the stock of affordable and safe housing for extremely low-income individuals and families while addressing the multi-faceted challenges of homelessness at the service level.” She went on to say, “Social Security or disability income doesn’t begin to pay for a small apartment in our community.  A person has to work more than two full-time minimum wage jobs just to live here.  We can, and should, do better.”

 

To read the 2017 Homeless Census, find out about the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, sign an on-line petition supporting affordable housing or learn about accepting rental subsidy programs, go to www.chspmontereycounty.org