Working to End Homelessness in Maryland
The rate of homelessness is also lower than the national and statewide rates. OrgCode, the consultant group hired by the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless (FCCH), reported, “Across the (Frederick County) Continuum of Care, the rate of homelessness – which is calculated as the number of homeless people per 10,000 – is 11.39. The national average is 20.26, and statewide average is 13.84. Thus, while the people who are homeless would argue that homelessness is a problem locally, the scope of the homelessness problem is small relative to Frederick’s population.”
However, any level of homelessness is unacceptable in Frederick County and the FCCH is dedicating its efforts to ending homelessness.
One way in which Frederick County determines the number of homeless is through the Frederick County Point-in-Time (PIT) survey, scheduled for late January of each year. The table below tracks the survey counts from 2008 through 2016, as well as the percentage of the Frederick County population counted as homeless during the PIT count.
|Year||Total number of people counted (adults and children)||Population of Frederick County||Percentage of Population counted as homeless during the annual pit|