2014 Point In Time Count

Each year HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) mandates that a Point In Time Count of the homeless will be conducted across the United States.  This year the Count was conducted on January 28, on one of the coldest nights of the year.  The extreme cold weather that night meant fewer people were out on the streets or visiting the free meal sites.  Overall our Continuum volunteers found 73 households for a total of 94 individuals who identified themselves as homeless.  The charts on the right provide detailed information about these households.

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. 

This year, because of the extended periods of severe cold weather, St. Mary's Church in Painesville opened its gymnasium as an overnight warming center.  This center was open on the night of the Count and on 37 other nights during 2014 winter providing shelter for up to 22 individuals who had no other safe, warm place to stay.

When we look at the demographic information describing those who reported themselves (their household) as homeless, we see:
  • Nearly half were women
  • 21 were children under the age of 18
  • 8 were ages 55 and older
  • Nearly 84% were Caucasian
  • 12 households reported being homeless for an average of 2.4 years
  • 85% reported experiencing mental health issues with an additional 32% reportedly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
We also found that 26 of the homeless were unsheltered, living in their vehicles, abandoned buildings, or on the street.  On the night of the Count, 19 of these individuals were staying at the St Mary's Warming Center.

Lake County's two shelters, Forbes House (for domestic violence victims) and Project Hope for the Homeless have a total of 59 beds available to shelter the homeless:  24 at Forbes House and 35 at Project Hope.

To view data on previous years' Point In Time Counts, click below: