The 2009 Homeless Count
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The Sacramento County Dept. of Human Assistance Homeless Programs (DHA) performed a count of homeless people in Sacramento County on January 27, 2009 during the evening hours.
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There were 711 people living in emergency shelters; 895 in transitional housing; 1,194 people were found to be living outdoors; 472 people identifying themselves as homeless were staying that evening in alcohol and drug treatment facilities, hospitals, Sacramento Mental Health Treatment Center and the Jail system. Total of all homeless people counted that evening were: 3,272. Using a formula it is estimated that there will be 4,910 people homeless over the course of the year 2009.
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There was a 4.6% increase in homelessness since last years count (not counting the 472 people in the various institutions and hospitals). There were 72 less unsheltered homeless counted this year compared to last year’s count. There was a 31.13% decrease in what is termed “chronically homeless” or people with a disability that were homeless for more than one year or have experienced several episodes of homelessness over several years. This decrease may reflect the special focus of our county-wide 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.