Friday, May 1, 2009

Homelessness in Delaware: 2009 Point In Time Study

The Homeless Planning Council of Delaware has released their 2009 Point-in-Time Study. The publication examines Delaware's homeless population on January 27, 2009 and also provides a comparative analysis with previous years.

Among the findings:
  • 34% of those with a disability experienced mental illness.
  • 31% of those with a disability experienced substance abuse.
  • Nearly 40% reported that they have been incarcerated.
  • About one out of 10 have spent time in foster care, are veterans, or were homeless that night as a result of domestic violence.

Homelessness remains a problem in our state that affect us all. Services like BCI's Project Renewal remain necessary to improve the stability, health and quality of life for homeless substance abusers, by facilitating sobriety, treating mental health symptoms, treating health issues, stabilizing and improving housing and employment, and reducing criminal activity.

1 comment:

Sharon Wilson said...

Those numbers are quite sad. It's good to know that there are organizations like BCI out there.