What does this measure?
The number of homeless people at a given point in time (usually one night in January), per 10,000 residents.
Why is this important?
The extent of homelessness can be an indicator of a community's ability to provide stable jobs that pay a living wage as well as a measure of support for the unemployed and access to affordable housing and health care. Homelessness is related to larger issues such as poverty, employment, mental health, substance abuse and family violence. The way a community cares for its more vulnerable citizens is a marker of collaboration and its social support systems.
How is our region performing?
In 2020, Monroe County's point-in-time count reported 11 homeless people per 10,000 residents, comparable to 2019. Since 2007, Monroe's rate has ranged from 8 to 13 and has been consistently lower than the nation and state. In comparison, the state count in 2020 was 45 homeless people per 10,000 residents; the national count was 18 per 10,000 the same year.
The rate for Wayne, Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties combined increased slightly from 2019 to 2020, from 8 per 10,000 to 11 per 10,000.
Notes about the data
It is very difficult to obtain an exact count of homeless persons, due to transience and to limited resources for record-keeping. Comparable data presented for available counties are currently limited to point-in-time counts done on one night in January.
|NYS (excluding NYC)||11.0||9.7||10.5||11.1||11.0||11.5||11.9||11.4||11.6||11.5||11.7||11.9||12.1||11.7|
Notes: Rate is per 10,000 residents. Figures represent point-in-time counts.
|NYS (excluding NYC)||12,229||10,864||11,724||12,419||12,322||12,894||13,370||12,780||12,927||12,829||13,002||13,221||13,487||13,328|
Notes: Figures represent point-in-time counts.
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