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2017 Point in Time Count Report Released

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.

 

VT PIT 2017- by county, subpopulation, program

A big thanks to ICA staff (Meghan, Jesse, Adam and more) for working on this year’s PIT/HIC and providing a statewide PIT summary. The summary is categorized by AHS Districts, Counties and Local CoCs.  Please share with your communities. Click here to view and download the statewide PIT summary.

Also included in this email are observational notes that includes a chart of total PIT data for  the Balance of State (not including Chittenden County) from 2009-2017. Click here to view and download.

Luke Dodge will be working on a forthcoming written report for the 2017 PIT data.

Votes Warned– Coordinated Entry

The VCEH Board will vote on the following 2 items at its meeting on April 18th, 2017:

Does the VCEH approve the Coordinated Entry Confidentiality Principles and Policy, to be used as Attachment B in the Local Coordinated Entry Partnership Agreements? 

Please note, page 3, Staff Acknowledgement Form is an optional tool for Local Coordinated Entry Partnerships to use to help ensure all staff have read and understand the Coordinated Entry Confidentiality Principles and Policy.

The recommended VCEH Coordinated Entry Confidentiality Principles and Policy can be found here: Confidentiality Principles and Policies – for VOTE

Does the VCEH approve the Coordinated Entry Permanent Supported Housing Policy?

Please note the following comments for discussion: The Coordinated Entry Committee is committed to revisiting the policy, including prioritization, six months after implementation (or sooner) to revise as needed.

The recommended VCEH Coordinated Entry Permanent Supported Housing Policy can be found here: Permanent Supported Housing Policy- for VOTE

Should VCEH members have questions about either of these policies or the vote, you are encouraged to be in touch with your local Coordinated Entry lead agency and/or VCEH Coordinated Entry Committee Members.  You may also contact sarah.phillips@vermont.gov.

For more information about VCEH Coordinated Entry planning and policies, please visit the Coordinated Entry Page.