Milder weather credited with increased numbers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2016) — The 2016 Homeless Street Count reported 112 homeless individuals in Louisville—94 males, 14 females—during its annual volunteer event on Thursday. The count is up from last year’s total of 71.
The count, conducted each year in January by the Coalition for the Homeless, is used to verify the number of people sleeping outdoors in Metro Louisville, had more than 280 volunteers this year.
This year’s higher numbers are being attributed to milder weather this winter, compared to colder, wintry conditions last year. Also, about 50 more volunteers participated this year, making it easier to cover more areas than in previous years.
Those living in shelters will be counted on the same night in order to create a total one night count of the homeless in Louisville. The full report announcing the total homeless numbers on a single night and the 2015 Census will be released in the spring.
An accurate count is important in order to help our community plan how to best dedicate resources to the most vulnerable Louisvillians. In 2016, the Coalition aims to end chronic homelessness and maintain an end for veteran homelessness.
For more information, visit www.louhomeless.org or call (502) 636-9550.