On Jan. 29, 2016, nearly 2,000 people in Pierce County were homeless.
Pierce County has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness over the last 12 months. Based on the 2016 Point in Time homelessness report released today, the number of people and families living outside, in cars or other places not meant for habitation has risen 37 percent since last year.
“This is clearly a sobering report,” said Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council Chair. “It is particularly upsetting to learn that so many of those who are homeless are without a home due to domestic violence. My colleagues on the Council and I intend to use the results from the gap analysis currently underway to determine more specific needs and a plan of action.”
The full results of the survey may be found at www.piercecountywa.org/pointintime.
MethodologyThe Point in Time survey was conducted by more than 200 trained volunteers during daylight hours. Volunteers went to encampments, shelters, food banks, libraries, community centers and any other place where persons experiencing homelessness may be present. The process included a comprehensive interview that incorporated questions about family composition, length of time homeless, presence of disabling condition and the factors that contributed to their homeless crisis.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Libby Catalinich, Pierce County Communications Director(253) 798-6606 email@example.com