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Survey: Homelessness in MoCo Has Dropped 23 Percent

The overall number of persons experiencing homelessness in Montgomery County decreased by 23 percent, according to the 2019 Point in Time Survey.

Data from Montgomery County is part of a regional analysis and report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Concerned by the lack of regional data available, COG undertook the first effort to produce a Point in Time count of homeless adults and children in metropolitan Washington in 2001. Read COG’s report at www.mwcog.org/ homelessnessreport. The survey was conducted on January 23. On the night of the count, there were 647 persons who were homeless in Montgomery County, as compared with 840 persons counted in 2018. Since 2017, there has been a 28 percent decrease in the overall number of homeless individuals. This is the most significant decrease in any two-year period since 2009.

“We have worked hard as a community to quickly move people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing while offering support services to keep them housed and our efforts are paying off,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Our Inside Not Outside effort to permanently house every chronically homeless individual continues and we have housed more than 400 individuals since our efforts began. We are now focusing on housing families with children and youth and will continue those efforts. The partnership between our County programs and nonprofit partners who work every day of the year to end homelessness is a statement of the values we hold as a community.”

The number of persons experiencing chronic homelessness has decreased by 93 percent from 2017 to 2019. The continued decline in homelessness can be attributed to the reallocation and investment of funding towards permanent housing and the Inside Not Outside campaign to end chronic homelessness. Providers have removed barriers to housing, enhanced outreach and created a list to identify, track and follow those identified as chronically homeless or “at risk of chronic homelessness.” As of April 26, 413 chronically homeless individuals have been placed in permanent housing.