An unfortunate but crucial census is underway today throughout Idaho. Scores of service providers and volunteers are fanning out across the state to count Idaho's homeless.
The event is called Point in Time. It's designed to count those who are homeless or who may be "precariously housed" (doubled up, facing eviction, jailed or hospitalized). Trained interviewers are asking the homeless where they spent the night of Wednesday, Jan, 26. The data is required for any agency that receives funding or assistance from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
Homelessness has been on the rise in recent years according to data from the survey's previous years. In January 2010, for example, 2,346 Idahoans were countered as being homeless, a 21 percent increase from 2009. Of that number, 13 percent were identified as veterans and 15 percent said they were victims of domestic violence. In Ada County in 2010, 872 people were counted as being homeless