State-Wide Homeless Counts
Working in conjunction with local Continuums of Care and community-based partners throughout the state, DCA's "Every Georgian Counts" program is designed to develop and update baseline homeless data for each of Georgia's 159 counties or consolidated governments.
DCA has partnered with Kennesaw State University to develop a sampling methodology and predictive model for unsheltered homelessness in the state. At least every other year, each of the state's six (6) local Continuums of Care conduct a count of their sheltered and unsheltered homeless population, while DCA sponsors local counts of unsheltered and precariously housed families and individuals. Additionally, DCA conducts an annual census of sheltered homeless persons in its 152 "Balance of State" Continuum of Care. The data collected from these sources is used to update Kennesaw State University's predictive model and to create projections of the state's homeless population.
The use of HMIS is not restricted to organizations receiving public funds; all providers of homeless services and/or shelter are encouraged to participate.
New! 2013 Homeless Count
Shelter Count -- Guidance and Instructions for Balance of State Continuum of Care Agencies
DCA’s annual Shelter Survey is one of the most comprehensive ways to increase our understanding of homelessness in Georgia. Homelessness can be addressed much more effectively if the prevalence of homelessness, the resources available, and communities’ unmet needs are known. If you provide housing or lodging to homeless individuals, we ask that you be a part of our 2013 data-gathering effort. All that is required is completing this survey and being available for follow-up questions by our staff if necessary. The survey (link below) is a PDF file and is designed to rigorously check your answers for consistency so that we can be confident in the information we obtain from you. It is highly recommended that you answer the questions in the order that they are presented. Do not email a scanned copy of the survey. Save the completed survey onto your computer as is, and email that version. Please direct any questions to Jason Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before beginning the survey, please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader to avoid having technical difficulties with survey. Click this link for a free download:
Unsheltered Count -- Guidance and Instructions for Balance of State and Augusta-Richmond Continuum of Care Coordinating Agencies
From January 29 through February 4, 2013, DCA will be leading a survey-based homeless count within Georgia’s Balance of State and Augusta-Richmond regions. 21 agencies will be participating in this effort, covering 74 counties. Key documents and instructions for participating agencies follow:
2011 Homeless Count - Report Available
During the last week in January of 2011, DCA collaborated with local representatives more than 60 counties to document unsheltered homelessness. This information was assessed by our partners at Kennesaw State University and the following is included from KSU’s November 2011 report (v4):
For full information, review the report online at the following link:
2009 Homeless Count
2008 Statewide Count
Questions? Please contact Jason Rodriguez by email or call (404) 679-3102.
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