Why Does It Matter?
Mental illness is an additional, but often unseen, barrier to a stable life for those who are homeless.
Homelessness prevents many of our neighbors from having a safe, stable, and healthy life. The struggle to achieve stability is even more profound for those who face additional barriers like mental illness, addiction, or seen or unseen disabilities.
In 2014, there were 1,261 individuals (includes all homelessness providers) who were chronically homeless in our community. This includes over 100 children under the age of 18. People are considered chronically homeless when they have either accessed a homeless program 4 or more times in a year, or have been continuously homeless for a year or longer.
While homelessness data looks specifically at the number of people who seek services and shelter, it often misses individuals or families who are moving from relative to relative, or friend to friend, as a result of being unable to access affordable housing. This too can impact a family’s stability, but data for this is difficult to track.