Clark Countys homeless numbers rise report finds

first_imgA one-night count in Clark County found that the number of homeless people rose 21 percent since last year, with seniors, veterans and families with children bearing the brunt of the increases.Clark County’s Council for the Homeless released the results from its most recent Point In Time count, late last week. This year’s count on Jan. 24 found 958 people experiencing homelessness, compared with 795 people on Jan. 25, 2018.The data further shows that unsheltered people — those sleeping in tents, cars, on the streets, or anywhere else not made for sleeping — drove the increase with a 30 percent increase in the last year. Those living in emergency shelters or transitional housing saw a more modest but still notable uptick, up 12 percent from 2018.Council for the Homeless Executive Director Kate Budd said rising rents are the main factor driving more and more people out of their homes — especially senior and disabled people living on a fixed income.“Research shows that homelessness increases in communities where rents grow faster than incomes. In one year, Clark County rents rose on average by 8.3 percent, with the fair market rent rising by over $500 in the last five years,” Budd wrote in blog post on Friday analyzing the Point in Time data. “Rental costs are greatly outpacing employment wages, causing people to spend a higher and higher percentage of their income on rent.”last_img

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