Homeless Count Scheduled for January 22, 2019
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Every year in January, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority conducts a one-day count of homeless persons in the state. The count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Again this year, SDHDA contracted with the four CAP agencies in the state to coordinate counts in their service areas, and GROW South Dakota will support the 17 Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (NESDCAP) counties. The results of the count are used both to identify the extent of the problem and to request funds to address it. The date for the count is January 22, 2019.
The January 2018 count found a total of 1,159 people experiencing homelessness across the state. This number included 681 who were sheltered in non-domestic programs, 193 in domestic violence shelters, and 285 people who were unsheltered, that is, living on the street or other places unfit for human habitation. All of the NESDCAP counties participated in the count, and the area accounted for just under 5% of the state count, reporting a total of 54 people: 24 in non-domestic violence shelters, 28 in domestic violence shelters, and 2 who were unsheltered. Eleven of the counties reported no people who were homeless.
GROW SD is contacting potential agencies and volunteers in the counties to assist with local counts. The count includes a survey of individual homeless people as well as a survey of shelters. All data collected will go to SDHDA for reporting nationally. With relatively few homeless people in the area, supporting the count is light work.
People interested in supporting the count in their county should contact GROW SD. The NEDSCAP counties are: Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully and Walworth.
For more information on the homeless count, visit http://www.housingforthehomeless.org/.
Category: GROW SD