Homelessness Has Increased Significantly In Washoe County During Pandemic
The number of community members experiencing homelessness in Washoe County has grown significantly over the last year, according to an annual report.
The national “point-in-time count” aims to get an idea of how many people are experiencing homelessness on a single night. Local jurisdictions are required to conduct the count and report their findings to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In addition to the count, about 170 people were surveyed as well.
“One of the first questions that was asked was, ‘What caused your homelessness?’ 65% said lack of income,” said J.D. Klippenstein, the state director of the non-profit Faith in Action Nevada.
Klippenstein presented the count and survey findings during Washoe County’s Community Homelessness Advisory Board meeting on June 7.
“I love this next question because it is often part of the narrative around homelessness, is that it’s people coming from outside the community. That’s not true. As this survey would show, 58% have lived in Reno for over five years,” Klippenstein said.
As for the “point-in-time count,” housing advocates warn that the number of people experiencing homelessness can be a lot higher than what gets reported.