SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane revealed its 2019 Point-in-Time count on Wednesday. The count is a snapshot census of both individuals and people in families who, on the night of the count, are experiencing homelessness.
This year, the city surveyed 1,309 people on the night of January 24. Seventy five percent of those counted were single adults, 23 percent were people in families and 2 percent were children living on their own.
The count included people who were unsheltered or sheltered; beyond those who live on the street, a good portion of those counted were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing. The count found 62 percent of homeless individuals were living in emergency shelters, while 30 percent were unsheltered. The remaining eight percent were living in transitional housing.
The count found that more than half of families experiencing homelessness were living in emergency shelters. Forty three percent were in transitional housing and six percent were unsheltered.
The count looks at a variety of data that dive into the makeup of Spokane’s homeless population. The data were collected through an app and in conjunction with 79 service agencies and outreach teams.
Volunteers helped complete the count in 211 locations, which was 38 more than in 2018.
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