The 2013 Point in Time Homeless Count revealed that 1,155 individuals are homeless in South Dakota, 11 fewer than last year (1,166). Forty percent were men, 32 percent were women, and 28 percent were children.
While the decrease in the number of homeless individuals counted represents less than a percent, 52 of the 66 counties participated making it the most statewide coverage since the start of the homeless count in 2001.
The count was conducted Sept. 24, 2013, by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers. The statewide, one-day count was a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness.
Results from the snap-shot show 304 men, women, and children are homeless in Pennington County compared to 514 last year. Of those 143 are men. There are also 103 homeless women and 58 homeless children in the county.
The further define the snapshot of homelessness, 600 count participants were surveyed. Of those surveyed 70 percent were individuals, 20 percent were single parent families, five percent were married couples with no children and five percent were married couples with children. Seventeen percent were veterans.
The report shows the number one cause of homelessness is the inability to pay rent, following that is alcoholism.
In 2013, various organizations switching the state received over $2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide funding for housing assistance, operating costs and case management to help reduce those barriers that lead to homelessness.
For more detailed results, visit www.housingforthehomeless.org