Point in Time Survey Report on Homelessness Released Release Date: June 15, 2010
The 2010 Point in Time Survey Report on homelessness in Sussex County
has been released. The survey tallies responses from homeless
individuals surveyed on the night of January 27, 2010 and includes
questions about gender, age, income sources, number and duration of
homeless incidents, and factors contributing to homelessness.
Since the survey takes place on a single night, it does not give a
complete picture of homelessness, but does provide a snapshot of the
face of homelessness in Sussex County.
There were some major findings in the 2010 survey compared to previous
years. The homeless population appears to be on the increase. There
were 377 homeless individuals surveyed in 2010, compared to 277 in 2009,
a 36% increase. More women than men were homeless at the time of the
survey, which has been true since 2006. However, the percentage of women
compared to men rose dramatically in 2010, rising to 68.1% compared to
57.1% in 2009.
In 2010, the largest age group of homeless individuals was the 22-30 age
group, totaling 34.5% of individuals surveyed compared 22.6% in 2009 in
the same age bracket. This was a switch from 2009 results, which
indicated that the 41-50 age group had the highest percentage of
Another significant change from 2008 and 2009 is that in 2010, women
between age 18 and 30 comprised 37.4% of the total homeless population
surveyed. This is more than double the percentage of women in this age
bracket in 2009, and accounts for 78 of the increase of 100 homeless
individuals surveyed between 2009 and 2010.
In addition, for the first time in the last three years, the high cost
of housing was not the most frequently cited major factor contributing
to homelessness. Relationship/family break-up or death was cited by 43%
of all respondents as a contributing factor in their homelessness,
followed by loss of job and inability to find another (39.8%). The high
cost of housing dropped to third place (35%) in 2010.
Based on the 2010 survey, it appears that homelessness in Sussex County
is rising sharply. Sussex County homeless residents are experiencing
homelessness at a younger age, and that women are becoming much more
likely to experience homelessness than men.