Arlington continues progress on lowering homelessness rates

Arlington County has released results from its annual Point In Time count of its homeless population. Since 2014, the county saw an 18 percent decline in the overall homeless population and a 34 percent decline in homeless families. A new homeless services center will also open in the county this summer. (ARLnow, 4/22)

During her monthly report to the Arlington County Board yesterday, County Manager Barbara Donnellan said the results [from] the count show an 18 percent decline in its overall homeless population from 2014, and a 34 percent drop in homeless families.

The count was conducted overnight from Jan. 28 to 29, and conducted in tandem with other jurisdictions around the region. While it’s not a perfect metric, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network Executive Director Kathy Sibert said, the numbers are still worth celebrating.

In 2013, the count tallied 479 total homeless people in Arlington. In 2015, there were 239.

Donnellan also revealed Tuesday that the county’s year-round Homeless Services Center will open in June, construction permitting. It had originally been slated for opening last fall. When it opens, the shelter will provide 50 permanent beds, 25 beds in the winter, five medical beds for homeless people released from the hospital, as well as a full kitchen and classrooms for job training.

ARTS | A new report from the Cultural Data Project presents findings from a series of town hall meetings with arts and culture organizations about the challenges they face in collecting, interpreting, and applying data to decision-making, and what they need to overcome these challenges. (CDP, 4/22)

HOUSING | Residents of Lincoln Heights, one of four projects of the New Communities Initiative, have seen their share of false starts and unmet promises for redevelopment in the Ward 7 community. (WCP, 4/23)

ECONOMY | 5 reasons someone making $75,000 would live paycheck to paycheck (WaPo, 4/22)

NONPROFITS | A new resource designed to help the D.C. region’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities access high-quality capacity building services tailored to their specific organizational needs is now available through the Charge Up Collaborative. By accessing their website, nonprofits can be connected to critical operational resources. Click here to find out more.

EVENTS | On Friday, May 8, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia‘s giving circle of young professionals, The Future Fund, will celebrate its 2015 grantmaking at their annual awards gala. Future Fund members, nonmembers, and young professionals are invited to attend. Find out more here.

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