The city's homeless population has dropped 6 percent from 2017, according to results of the annual Indianapolis Homeless Point-in-Time Count released Wednesday.
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention conducted the one-night count on Jan. 24, identifying homeless persons who were unsheltered or staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing and safe havens. The advocacy group counted 1,682 individuals that night, 101 fewer than in 2017.
Fifty-six percent of those counted were black and 40 percent were white. More than half were between the ages of 35 and 61; and 15 percent were 17 or younger.
Other findings among those counted include:
- 26 percent of adults experiencing homelessness reported a substance abuse disorder
- 34 percent reported having serious mental illness
- 53 percent have some form of disability
- 80 percent of women are currently fleeing domestic violence
- At least 18 percent had prior felony convictions
- 128 families were counted (132 adults and 251 children)
CHIP says it is analyzing data from the 2018 count and will release a comprehensive report in the near future. The information collected in the count is used to inform community planning and assess the homeless services system in Marion County. The annual count is also required for communities to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.