Peer regions were chosen for their comparable size and composition. These same regions have been used for comparison in multiple other studies and reports.
Source: Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as reported by COCs, January 2017.
Peer regions are reported by Coninuums of Care (COC) and defined by HUD.
Why It's Important
Continuums of Care surveys the homeless twice a year by counting the number of people staying at shelters and those who are not sheltered. Lack of housing, healthcare, and supportive services can be barriers that keep individuals moving out of homelessness.
In the Richmond Region, point in time counts determined that the homeless rate has decreased from 0.08% to 0.05% since 2014. Although this may seem like a small percentage, this still represents over 600 people who don’t have a place to sleep at night.