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Program Description

Working in conjunction with local Continua of Care and community-based partners throughout the state, DCA's "Every Georgian Counts" project is designed to develop and update homeless data for each of Georgia's 159 counties or consolidated governments.

DCA has partnered with Kennesaw State University to develop a predictive model for unsheltered homelessness in the state. At least every other year, each of the state's local Continua of Care conduct a count of their sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. The data collected from these sources along with the data from Kennesaw State University's predictive model are used to create a report of homelessness in the State of Georgia.

News and Events

This March, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and its local partners will conduct the first Georgia Balance of State Homeless Veterans Registry. The last unsheltered point in time homeless count, in 2015, determined that there are close to 14,000 Georgians are homeless on a single night, and an estimated 1,518 are veterans. With the significant issues affecting the housing industry across the nation, it’s important that we ensure that veterans in our communities are known by outreach services and contacted, so that we can better respond to our communities’ needs and get these men and women housed. 25 local partners will be leading the work on this project. For more information on the registry effort in your area, please see the list of registry coordinators found here.

NEW! - Georgia's 14,000, 2015 Report on Homelessness

On the night of January 26, 2015 at least 13,790 people were literally homeless in Georgia – a 19% decrease from 2013. Just 42% were unsheltered; the other 58% were in emergency or transitional housing.

Georgia’s Literally Homeless Population:
Single Night (Point in Time Count)

  Number of Individuals per Year
Housing Status 2011 2013 2015
Unsheltered 11,384 8,450 5,803
Emergency Shelter or Transitional Housing 8,492 8,497 7,987
TOTAL 19,876 16,947 13,790
Change from previous count (%) 6% -15% -19%


Read the 2015 report here. (PDF)

The next unsheltered count will take place in January 2017.  If you wish to help, please contact your Continuum of Care representative for information!

2013 Report and Associated Documents

Previous Counts


Questions?  Please contact Katherine Arce by email or call (404) 679-3102.

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