2013 Survey - Face-to-Face Interviews

The Point-In-Time survey and results seen below was one of four data collection tools used in January 2013 to assess our local homeless population. Additional data includes the Housing Inventory Count (HIC), the Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of homeless individuals and families, and data collected by homeless liaisons at schools. This other data will be made available shortly after review and approval by TJACH partners.

Volunteers and the staff of service providing agencies in the Thomas Jefferson Area collected the following data from surveys conducted with homeless people between January 23 and 26, 2013. An online survey instrument was developed by TJACH partners and the final version consisted of 40 questions. Each partner contributed question ideas and wording. The final version was administered in shelters, soup kitchens, and outdoors to people identified as homeless. TJACH partner Open Knowledge Collaborative recruited volunteers to crowd source data entry via an OKC-created website. OKC then cleaned and coded the data appropriately and prepared it for the visualizations you see below.

Because the majority of surveys were conducted with homeless people who access services in the City of Charlottesville, the families who do not access shelter services and the homeless from surrounding counties are NOT well represented in the survey results. Additional information on homeless families with children and the types of shelter beds in use the night of the Count will be made available shortly.

  • Point-In-Time survey information was self-reported by those interviewed. Fact checking, follow-up, verification was not part of the process.
  • No gifts or incentives were provided to those completing the survey.
  • Surveys were administered by staff and volunteers of TJACH member agencies.

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Last night's housing situation

Specific Question: Where did you sleep last night?

Respondents: 118

Responses: 118

Non-reponses:

Last week's housing situation

Specific Question: Thinking back to last week, where did you sleep at night last week?

Respondents: 119

Responses: 124

Non-reponses:

Housing situation before homelessness

Specific Question: Before you became homeless, where were you staying/living?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 120

Non-reponses: 2

Causes of homelessness

Specific Question: Will you tell me 3 or 4 reasons you left your last housing situation?

Respondents: 114

Responses: 213

Non-reponses: 5

Duration of homelessness

Specific Question: How long has it been since you last had place to live?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 126

Non-reponses: 8

Frequency of homelessness

Specific Question: ln the last three years, how many different times have you been without a place to live?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 111

Non-reponses: 9

Hometown

Specific Question: Where is your hometown?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 116

Non-reponses: 4

Length of time in area

Specific Question: How long have you been in this area?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 101

Non-reponses: 19

Previous town or state of residence

Specific Question: Where did you live before coming to this area?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 82

Non-reponses: 39

Reasons for coming to this area

Specific Question: Why did you come to this area?

Respondents: 116

Responses: 99

Non-reponses: 28

Health

Primary care doctor

Specific Question: Do you currently have a primary care doctor?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 119

Non-reponses: 1

Access to medical care

Specific Question: When you are sick or not feeling well, where do you go to get help?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 110

Non-reponses: 10

Medicaid, Medicare, health insurance

Specific Question: Do you have medicaid, medicare, or health insurance to help pay for health services?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 119

Non-reponses: 1

UVA financial screening

Specific Question: Have you completed the UVA financial screening for free or reduced-cost help?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 118

Non-reponses: 2

Visits to the emergency room

Specific Question: How many times have you used an emergency room in the last year?

Respondents: 119

Responses: 113

Non-reponses: 7

Nights in hospital

Specific Question: How many nights have you spent in a hospital in the past year?

Respondents: 119

Responses: 114

Non-reponses: 5

HIV status

Specific Question: What was the result of your last HIV test?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 118

Non-reponses: 2

Family

Family type

Specific Question: Are you alone or are you here with a partner, spouse, or children?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 116

Non-reponses: 4

Children with homeless parents

Specific Question: (If with children) How many children under 18 are with you today?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 77

Non-reponses: 45

Children not with homeless parents on day of survey

Specific Question: How many children are in your care who are NOT with you today?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 84

Non-reponses: 37

Children who have been removed from parent's care

Specific Question: Are any of your children under the age of 18 not under your care? If yes, how many?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 89

Non-reponses: 32

Abuse

Specific Question: In the past year, has anyone tried to hurt you physically or emotionally?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 114

Non-reponses: 6

Domestic violence

Specific Question: If yes, will you please tell me if the person who tried to hurt you or did hurt you was a family member or significant other?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 41

Non-reponses: 79

Demographics

Gender

Specific Question: What is your Gender?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 118

Non-reponses: 2

Age

Specific Question: How old are you?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 116

Non-reponses: 4

Education

Specific Question: What is the highest level of education that you completed?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 119

Non-reponses: 1

Veteran

Specific Question: Are you a veteran of the U.S. Military?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 118

Non-reponses: 2

Veteran discharge status

Specific Question: (If veteran) How did the military discharge you?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 8

Non-reponses: 112

Race

Specific Question: What race do you consider yourself to be?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 121

Non-reponses: 2

Ethnicity

Specific Question: Do you consider yourself to be Hispanic or Latino?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 106

Non-reponses: 14

Services

Challenges effecting housing situation

Specific Question: There are many issues that can impact a person's housing situation. For example, divorce, health problems, and the inability to find cheap housing can cause or prolong homelessness. Can you tell me the 5 most significant challenges you've had recently?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 447

Non-reponses: 3

Services used

Specific Question: What social or human services have you used in the past year? For example, food, medical, transportation, financial, or veteran services.

Respondents: 120

Responses: 646

Non-reponses: 4

Services needed

Specific Question: In the past year, what services did you need but were unable to get?

Respondents: 118

Responses: 260

Non-reponses: 23

Sources of income

Specific Question: Since summer, from what sources have you gotten money?

Respondents: 118

Responses: 286

Non-reponses: 6

Probation or parole

Specific Question: Are you currently on probation or parole?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 117

Non-reponses: 3

Employment

Recent employment

Specific Question: When was the last time you worked?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 100

Non-reponses: 20

Current employment

Specific Question: Are you working?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 118

Non-reponses: 4

Seeking work

Specific Question: Are you actively looking for work?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 118

Non-reponses: 2

Work and skills experience

Specific Question: When you work, what kind of work do you do?

Respondents: 120

Responses: 114

Non-reponses: 6

Barriers to employment

Specific Question: What gets in the way of you finding or keeping work?

Respondents: 118

Responses: 184

Non-reponses: 11



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