Homeward has long expressed the importance of data in the work of reducing and ending homelessness. Tracking data on homelessness helps us to understand the causes of homelessness, identify gaps in services, build strategic partnerships, and measure the performance of our network of care. Additionally, tracking data allows us to compare the outcome of our community’s network with that of networks across the state and nation.

Earlier this month, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) released several interactive tools that help visualize data on homelessness in communities across the country.

With HUD’s tool USASpending, users can click on an interactive map to view a snapshot of any Continuum of Care’s (CoC) data from the 2017 Point-in-Time count. NAEH’s tool, State of Homelessness provides statewide data on the total number of people experiencing homelessness, as well as the rate of homelessness per 10,000 people.

A quick look at Virginia reveals that at 7.2 persons per 10,000, we have one of the lowest rates of homelessness in the nation. By adding a historical layering tool we see that homelessness in Virginia has been reduced by 38% since 2007. This should make each of us proud of the hard work done each day to end homelessness across the Commonwealth.

However, Homeward is committed to and focused on ending homelessness specifically in the Richmond region. NAEH’s tool has the capacity to break down state data into CoCs. When viewing data on the capital region, we see that the rate of homelessness is lower than the state average. At 6.2 persons experiencing homelessness per 10,000 people, the Richmond region has the lowest rate of homelessness of any major metropolitan area in Virginia. This rate is also lower than many smaller metro areas in the state.

This outcome is not arbitrary. For 20 years, Homeward has used data and collaboration to drive system-wide change in how our community solves the issue of homelessness. By hearing from people in crisis, coordinating service providers, and helping local programs remain competitive for federal and state dollars, Homeward has filled the role of lead agency in a data-informed, outcome-driven, collaborative network of homeless services.

We are grateful for our supporters and provider partners who have helped make such a meaningful impact in the work of getting people off the streets and into safe, stable housing. We look to a future where by applying best practices and aligning our resources, the Richmond region is one where homelessness is brief, rare, and one-time for anyone who experiences it.

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