An annual point-in time homeless count held this year on January 29th found a total of five-thousand-971 persons without a home in Indiana, a two-percent decrease in overall homelessness from last year. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority conducts the count every January, which shows a six-percent overall decrease in homelessness since 2010. The number of homeless households with dependent children was 654, down 12 percent from 2013 and the homeless veteran population in the state decreased from 743 in 2013, to 710, which was attributed to supportive services for veterans, like the permanent supportive housing project to serve homeless veterans that is being constructed in Lake County. The Gary Northwest Veterans Village is scheduled to break ground in February 2015.
Breaking down populations by category, Indiana’s 2014 Point-in-Time Homeless Count observed:
- 5,971 persons comprising 4,503 households were homeless during the last week in January 2014.
- Of the 5,971 persons found and identified as experiencing homelessness:
- 5,568 were staying in emergency shelters, safe havens or in temporary transitional housing programs.
- 403 were unsheltered and found on the street.
- 3,827 households were persons without dependent children.
- 654 households were with dependent children.
- 1,277 were under the age of 18 years old.
- 710 of the adults counted were veterans.
- 1,203 of the adults counted were persons fleeing from domestic violence.
- 542 identified themselves as being characterized as "chronically homeless."
- 933 adults counted identified themselves as having a substance abuse disorder.
- 770 of the adults counted identified themselves as having a serious mental illness.