Over the past 12 months, homeless families in Durham spent more than four of them living in emergency shelters and transitional housing. Homeless single men spent nearly three months without permanent housing, while homeless single women went two months.
The average number of days that homeless families and individuals stayed in shelters and transitional housing increased over the past year, after declining from 2011–2014.
Main and Market streets Photo by Lisa Sorg
Here are the comparison figures for the past fiscal year:
In 2015, families spent an average of 124 days homeless, up from 108 in 2014.
For single men, those figures were 88 days, up from 65.
For single women, 61 days, an increase from 55 the year prior.
A caveat: The uptick in time may be attributed to the personal situations ofthese families and individuals. They are among the most vulnerable people receiving services, and are staying in shelters and transitional shelters longer until they can get permanent housing.
The good news for homeless families is that more of them are finding permanent housing, indicative of the city's focus on those services.
Here are the figures comparing 2015 to 2014:
359 people living in families found permanent housing, up from 319.
100 single women did so, down slightly from 103.
And for single men, 221 found permanent housing, an increase from 219.
There is a ton more data breaking down Durham trends in homelessness, which I’m combing through. At first glance, several trends are encouraging—the number of chronically homeless families and men is decreasing or steady. However, single women seem to be faring more poorly, especially those who are chronically homeless and with disabilities.