A new report from the Indiana University Public Policy Institute shows that the total number of individuals experiencing homelessness has decreased in the last few years, returning to previous years’ levels. The report, Ten-Year Trend Shows Slight Decrease in Number of People Experiencing Homelessness, is an annual Point-in-Time Count that assesses the current needs of homeless individuals in Marion County and identifies program service gaps.
In 2007, Institute Senior Researcher Laura Littlepage began working with the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) to count the number of individuals experiencing homelessness during one night in January. A total of 12 reports detailing the homeless population along with recommendations for policymakers have been released since the Homeless Count project began. (more…)