The number of people identified as homeless in Chittenden County dropped more than 15 percent between January 2018 and January 2019.
The annual Point in Time count of the homeless in Chittenden County identified 309 people living on the streets, in shelters, cars, subsidized hotel rooms and other temporary housing on January 23, 2019.
That’s 50 fewer than last year, according to the Chittenden County Homeless Allliance. The figure includes a decrease in the number of families and veterans who are homeless.
But, advocates for the homeless say the count also identified areas of concern:
- A more than 60 percent increase in the number of people living outside;
- the number people chronically homeless due to a shortage of affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments grew from 48 in 2018 to 74 in 2019;
- a 46 percent increase in the number of homeless adults suffering mental illness;
- a 33 percent increase in those reporting a substance-abuse disorder.
A community forum to discuss the most rent Point in Time results has been scheduled for May 29 from 7:45-9 a.m. in the community room at the South End City Market, 207 Flynn Ave.