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Point in Time Survey Report on Homelessness Released
Release Date: June 15, 2010

There were some major findings in the 2010 survey compared to previous years.

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 homelessness.

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.

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