Greenville's homeless population continues to grow.

cover homeless studyEvery year, the South Carolina Coalition for the Homeless conducted a point in time survey of the homeless population in Greenville.

The count is used to estimate the number of homeless individuals on one night in the state and gather information on their demographic characteristics. On January 23, 2014, the count found 938 homeless adults and children in Greenville County.

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Source: Greenville Homeless Count, 2014

Profile of the Homeless Population

The homeless population in Greenville, according to the 2014 Point in Time count is 938, an slight increase from 896 in 2013.

The rate of unsheltered individual in Greenville County is less than the rate for South Carolina. Individuals that are unsheltered are found living on the streets, in camps, and in other places that are not meant for human habitation. According to the report, the challenge of finding these individuals may have contributed to a decrease in the number of unsheltered individuals counted.

According to the count, one in five homeless individuals suffers from substance abuse, and 10% from mental health issues. These are probably conservative estimates.

Three fourths of homeless individuals in Grenville are between the ages of 25 to 65. Very few are over age 65, and one in five (21%) are under age 18.

Source: Greenville Homeless Count