January 18, 2012

Homelessness on decline in Carroll County, Maryland

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According to the 2011 Point-in-Time count, homelessness in Carroll County, Maryland was 179 compared to 211 in 2010.  This is a 15 percent reduction.  Their commitment to the Opening Doors plan and permanent supportive housing have been key to the decline in homelessness.

Though the homeless population in Maryland and Carroll County declined between 2010 and 2011, the battle to get people off the streets and into shelters is ongoing.

In Carroll, the homeless population in 2011 was 179 compared to 211 in 2010, said Brian Sullivan, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s a 15-percent reduction.

Statewide, the homeless population in 2011 was 10,208 compared to 10,845 in 2010. That is about a 6-percent reduction in homelessness between 2010 and 2011, he said.

Sullivan credits the declining numbers in Carroll and the state to “explosive growth” in permanent housing units. Emergency shelters are used as a first response to homelessness, but now there are more stable and long-term housing options available.

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