They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The Point in Time Count is a snapshot of homelessness in Multnomah County on one night this year in January. And the picture is not good. It shows more people sleeping outside in every neighborhood. It shows families flooding shelter doors. And it shows that homelessness is greater among our neighbors of color.
Below are some highlights from the 2013 report. For the full report, click here.
The 2013 Street Count identified 1,895 unduplicated individuals who were homeless and unsheltered on the night of January 30. That is 177 more than the 2011 count, a 10% increase.
There are 749 homeless children in Multnomah County, 264 of whom are under the age of 5.
Portland lost 75 shelter beds between 2011 and 2013 due to the closure of a large seasonal men’s shelter.
Almost half of the respondents had been homeless for a year or less, with 28% being homeless for six months or less.
The number of literally homeless persons in families with children increased by 18% since 2011.