2013 Point in Time Count

Each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all communities across the United States to count the homeless living in their area.  In 2013, this Point in Time Count of the Homeless took place on January 22, despite blizzard warnings posted for Lake County.

Staff members from local agencies serving the homeless, including Extended Housing, Forbes House, and Project Hope for the Homeless, along with volunteers from the Homeless Advisory Council canvassed the streets of Lake County, local free meal services at the Salvation Army, St James/St Mary's churches and the FREE Community Meal sponsored by Willow Praise Church in Eastlake and other places known to offer help to those in need.  Those homeless individuals our volunteers met were asked to provide basic information about themselves and what contributed to their situation.  In all 237 heads of households were interviewed that day, accounting for a total of 307 individuals in those households reporting as homeless.  The data provided by those 237 individuals is shown in the charts displayed in the column on the right.  You can click on a chart for a larger view or to print it.

In a more detailed breakdown of the data, we found the following:
  • 90 individuals were staying in our local shelters and transitional housing programs the night of the Count.  25 of those 90 were children.
  • 25 adults were living in their vehicles or in places not meant for human habitation -- tents, storage sheds, abandoned buildings, etc.
  • 192 individuals, including 15 children identified themselves as homeless, but did not meet HUD's official definition of homeless.  They were precariously housed, staying with friends/family or living in an institution (mental health or substance abuse treatment center, jail, etc.) having entered there as homeless.
For information on previous Point in Time Counts, please click on the links below: