PIERRE, S.D. – July 7, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The 2015 Statewide Point in Time Homeless Count that was conducted on Jan. 27, 2015, revealed that 1,036 individuals were homeless in South Dakota. This number represents a 17 percent increase from the 2014 count of 885 individuals. Sixty-one percent were adults over the age of 24; 26 percent were children under 18; and 13 percent were adults 18 to 24 years of age. Eighty-seven percent were sheltered on the night of the count, either in emergency shelter, transitional housing or motels being paid for by a non-profit. Thirteen percent were unsheltered on the night of the count. Unsheltered includes the street, vehicles, or places not meant for human habitation.
The Point in Time Homeless Count was conducted by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers. The statewide, one-day count was a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness.
To further define the snapshot of homelessness of the 1,036 counted in January, 17 percent were veterans, 81 percent were individuals, 17 percent were households with children and two percent were unaccompanied children.
To establish strategic goals and objectives to address homelessness in South Dakota, the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium has drafted a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. SDHHC is currently asking for the public’s review and comments with community meetings being held during July.
If your community is interested in holding a public meeting for the Ten-Year Plan, please contact Jake Cummings at (605) 773-7618 or at jake (at) sdhda (dot) org.
The Draft of the Ten-Year Plan, information on location and dates for scheduled public meetings as well as detailed data on the Homeless Count results can be found on homeless website at www.housingforthehomeless.org.
Lisa Bondy, SDHHC Coordinator, 773-3445