Key Facts from the Redding Shasta County Homeless Year-long Survey - 2007 City of Redding Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council (COC)

The COC's year-round homeless survey gathers information on clients from 15 different agencies throughout the year. Surveys are filled out on each household who are homeless or are imminently at-risk of becoming homeless, then turned in to People of Progress who coordinates this project, tabulates surveys, removes duplicates, and generates reports. Key facts from 2007 include:

3,316 total individuals representing 1,986 households were homeless at some point during the year and 2,332 total individuals representing 939 households were imminently at-risk of becoming homeless. 1,092 children were homeless and 995 children were imminently at-risk of becoming homeless.

The total of homeless and at-risk children was 2,087.

Of households that were homeless, 61 % (1,203) had only one-person and 29% (569) had children

211 heads of households would be classified under the federal definition of "Chronically Homeless" (homeless continuously for more than a year or 4 or more times in the past 3 years COMBINED with having a physical or mental disability)

Most households (57%) were homeless at the time they answered the survey for three months or less. (38 % households were homeless one month or less, 19% households were 2 to 3 months, 21 % homeless one year or more)

Top three reasons for becoming homeless: job loss (24%), loss of other income (14%) domestic violence (14%). 536 loss of income, 463 loss of job, 30 loss of child's income, 15 welfare sanctions, 23 welfare time limits, 135 divorce,

276 domestic violence, 160 substance abuse, 52 utility bills, 193 medical bills or health problems, 126 mental health, 265 eviction,

32 fire / disaster / building condemned, 214 released from jail or prison, 20 cost of child support, 14 foreclosure, 52 rent increase or building sold.

54% have lived in Shasta County for 2 or more years, and 55% have relatives in Shasta County. 26% were staying in a shelter at the time they answered the survey questions, 12% in motels,

31 % were on the street, camping or in a vehicle and 25% were temporarily staying with friends or family. 24% oftota1 heads of households were either on parole or probation (504 homeless, 190 at-risk)

COC 2007 Survey Domestic Violence Facts:

474 Head of Household (HOH) 24%, who are homeless OR at-risk are or were victims of domestic violence (547 total kids, 268 under 5 years old)

289 homeless HOH 25% are or were victims of domestic violence (275 were kids with 131 of them under 5 years old)

678 households homeless and at-risk listed domestic violence - past or present-- as applying to them OR someone in their household. 276 homeless households 14% cited domestic violence as a cause of their becoming homeless

COC 2007 Survey Veteran Facts:

193 total Head of Household (HOH) were homeless AND at-risk who are veterans

141 homeless HOH were veterans. 108 were single individuals, 18 were households that had children with 37 kids total. 14 homeless HOH veterans were female (7 households with 19 children)

32 HOH who are homeless AND at-risk are female veterans (20 of these households have children, 37 total kids)

2007 Point in Time One-day Homeless Survey Facts:

On January 18,2007 throughout the United States, communities surveyed homeless persons in their area who were in camps, staying on the street, in cars, in shelters, in transitional housing or other institutional facilities as well as those who visited food banks and other social service

agencies. In Shasta County, COC teams counted 256 households comprising 540 individuals (205 of them were children). Of these, 31 households (12%) comprising 46 total individuals (6 children) were not sheltered but were camping, sleeping in vehicles or otherwise on the street.

2008 Point in Time One-day Homeless Survey Facts:

On January 30, 2008, the COC in Shasta County surveyed homeless persons in camps, staying on the street, in cars, in shelters, in transitional housing or other institutional facilities as well as those who visited food banks and other social service agencies. We counted 342 households comprising 486 individuals (109 of them were children). 65 households (19%) comprising 80 total individuals (4 children) were not sheltered but were camping, sleeping in vehicles or otherwise on the street.