Vermont’s 2017 Point in Time Count Report has been released by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance. 1225 Vermonters were found to be literally homeless on the one-night count in January, an overall increase in homelessness by 11% compared to the 2016 Point-in-Time Count. Included in the total were 306 children, representing 25% of the total population counted. While there was an overall statewide increase, there were striking regional differences, including decreases in Chittenden (-12%) and Franklin (-17%) counties. Included in the total were 306 children, representing 25% of the entire homeless population counted. To read the full report, click here or navigate to the Point in Time webpage.
Additional Point-in-Time Count Findings:
- While there was an overall statewide increase, there were striking regional difference, including decreases in Chittenden (-12%) and Franklin (-17%) counties.
- There was a 134 people were unsheltered, a 14% decrease from last year.
- Just under half of the people (47%) were homeless for the first time.
- 267 persons (22%) reported as survivors of domestic violence, a 40-person increase from 2016.
- Due to coordinated statewide efforts, the population of homeless veterans has steadily declined since the 2013 Count. 2017 saw a continuation of this downward trend with 94 veterans counted, a 15% decrease compared to last year.
- 340 people (28%) reported having a severe mental illness. 228 people (19%) reported having a substance abuse disorder.