Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust reports homelessness in Miami-Dade is at a record low
The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s annual “Point-in-Time” (PIT) census shows the number of homeless individuals and families in Miami-Dade is down significantly. The total count of 3,526 is an 8% decrease from the previous year – a decrease of 321 individuals, and the lowest total homeless count on record since the Homeless Trust’s inception. The unsheltered count was slightly up with an increase of 19 persons.
“The Point-in-Time Count is one way in which we gauge progress toward ending homelessness. We are evolving our system, including significant investments in permanent housing, and showing positive results,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Homeless Trust. “We continue to try new approaches and interventions to reduce the homeless population, including continued investments in specialized outreach for hard-to-serve individuals, and pilot projects in partnership with South Florida Behavioral Health Network, the managing entity for substance abuse and mental health. Further, we are aggressively implementing RentConnect, a program designed to improve landlord recruitment and retention.”
The PIT is a mandatory census consisting of two components: a comprehensive geographic count of sheltered and unsheltered persons, and the collection of informational surveys from a random sample of the population.
PIT survey results reveal:
- 75% of unsheltered persons surveyed were men.
- 38% of unsheltered persons and 43% of sheltered persons surveyed indicated they had a disability, including a mental health, substance abuse and/or physical disability.
- 44% of unsheltered persons surveyed indicated they had no source of income, compared with 27% of those who were sheltered.
Both sheltered and unsheltered individuals indicated their greatest need was housing.
The “Point-in-Time” homeless count covers all of Miami-Dade County including Miami Beach and as far North as the Broward County Line, and as far South as the Monroe County Line. It is required by US Housing and Urban Development to count and survey the homeless nationwide on one day during the last ten days of January.
About The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust: Founded in 1993, The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding The Homeless Trust visit www.homelesstrust.org.