Fairfax survey finds fewer homeless people
The number of homeless people in Fairfax County has fallen by almost 11 percent since last year, according to a one-day survey made public Tuesday.
A point-of-time survey, conducted by homeless shelter operators in the Northern Virginia locality Jan. 27, counted 1,544 people as homeless. In 2009, 1,730 people were counted as homeless during a similar January survey.
The biggest drop was seen in the number of homeless families, which decreased by more than 16 percent.
More than a third of those counted were children, officials said, and more than 60 percent of adults in homeless families were employed. About 60 percent of the single individuals identified suffered from serious mental illness or substance abuse problems.
-- Derek Kravitz
Washington Post Editors
April 6, 2010; 1:44 PM ET
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