Homelessness down in Roanoke region for fifth year in a row

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ROANOKE, Va (WDBJ7) Homelessness is down in Roanoke for the fifth consecutive year.

That's according to The Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness. The organization is the governing body for homeless services in the region, and leads an annual Point in Time count for homeless persons in the Roanoke Region. That includes Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Roanoke County, the City of Covington, the City of Roanoke and the City of Salem.

This year’s Point In Time count was conducted on January 25th. Those experiencing homelessness in the region were counted and voluntarily surveyed.

This year’s total count was 267, down from 331 last year. That's a decline of 19.3%, the largest single year reduction since 2013.

BRICH says significant and consistent progress is being made across all sub-populations. They say homelessness among individuals in families with children is down 22% since last year. Chronic homelessness is down 34.2% and veteran homelessness went down by 28.9% this year over 2016.

The full report can be found here.

For more information, you can contact Paula Prince, Chair, Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness, at plprince@jchs.edu or (540)-985-8380, or Matt Crookshank, Director of Homeless Services, Council of Community Services, at mattc@chrcblueridge.org or (540)-266-7554.