Idaho homeless numbers continue to decrease

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 18, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The homeless population in Idaho decreased for the third consecutive year, according to the most recent Point-in-Time Count. The 2013 assessment identified 1,781 homeless adults and children in Idaho, a 9.5 percent decrease from the previous year, when there were 1,968 homeless. The state’s homeless population has fallen 24 percent since 2010, when there were 2,346 homeless.

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The annual Point-in-Time Count, which took place Jan. 30, is a snapshot of the people who are living on the streets, in shelters, or in places not meant for habitation. The data collected by state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and volunteers helps policymakers understand homeless trends and underlying issues. The information also helps determine the amount of grants awarded to homeless service providers around the state each year.

“The Point-in-Time Count is essential to help service providers ensure that critical resources are available to those who need it the most,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president and executive director of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. In addition to administering the grants, IHFA coordinates the count and manages the state’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database, both of which are used to track efforts to prevent and end homelessness and poverty.

Eds.: To learn more about the Point-in-Time count in your area, contact Jason Lantz at jasonl (at) ihfa (dot) org or 208-331-4858. Read and download the full report at:

http://issuu.com/jasonihfa/docs/2013_state_of_idaho_pointin time_count_report_041?mode=window
Idaho Housing and Finance Association, a financial services and housing business organization, improves lives and strengthens Idaho communities by expanding housing opportunities, building self‐sufficiency, and fostering economic development.

Contact:
Katrina Thompson katrinat (at) ihfa (dot) org
Marketing and Communications Manager
208-331-4738

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