What are we measuring?
This measure tracks the number of homeless persons in Fulton County per 100,000 residents. The numbers are based on Point-in-Time (PIT) counts provided to HUD by Continuums of Care (CoC) across the U.S. in the application for Homeless Assistance Programs. The PIT Count provides a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night during the last ten days in January. The counts reported here for Fulton County represent the combined numbers reported by the Atlanta and Fulton County CoCs.
Why are we measuring it?
A place to call home is considered a basic need and is something most Americans take for granted. But many Americans, especially those already living in poverty, are only an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets. Tracking the number of homeless helps to understand the severity of the problem and to know whether efforts to combat homelessness are working.
How are we doing?
The rate of homelessness in Fulton County, as measured through a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, has dropped significantly between 2010 and 2016 but remains by far the highest among the national benchmark counties. In 2017, there were an estimated 3,865 homeless individuals in Fulton County. The homeless rate was 388 homeless persons per 100,000 residents in 2017 compared to 253 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, the benchmark county with the second highest homeless rate.