Searching for Shelter

Statistics show cities with the greatest homeless populations

Many hundreds of Hampton Roads residents are homeless. Some reside in a shelter or temporary housing while transitioning to something more permanent, and others live unsheltered on the streets. Each January, local officials conduct a survey of homeless people living in the region, part of a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This so-called “Point-In-Time Count” is a tally taken during a single 24-hour period, with real figures representing folks in our communities—numbers worth considering as the mercury drops. Below are the 2012 results from the Point-In-Time Count in the seven biggest cities in Hampton Roads. Data for other areas, as well as previous years’ results, can be found by Googling “HUD Homeless Assessment Report.”

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