Increase in Homeless in Past Year

Homelessness is on the rise in the area, according to a census released by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. The number of homeless in C’ville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson has climbed from 156 to 175, though the number that are without any type of shelter has declined, thanks to People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry. 45% of the homeless people surveyed hold down full- or part-time jobs (but can’t save enough money for first and last month’s rent on an apartment), 5% have panhandled, 6% have received Social Security, and just 3% have received unemployment. Since last fall, PACEM has been taking in homeless men who would otherwise by denied entry to other facilities, a result of the gap between the Salvation Army (sobriety required) and the Mohr Center (serious intoxication required). John Yellig had the story in yesterday’s Progress.

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