RICHMOND VA- Governor Bob McDonnell announced Virginia is making significant headway to reduce statewide homelessness. Data from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, show that overall homelessness has declined 8 percent from 2010 to 2012. For families the reduction has been even more pronounced, an 11 percent reduction. Additionally, there has been a drop of 36 percent in the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness in Virginia.
"Affordable and safe housing is a fundamental component of healthy and prosperous communities," said Governor McDonnell. "The significant decline in individual, family and chronic homelessness rates represent not just a policy success but also the peace of mind of hundreds of Virginians who no longer wonder where they will sleep tonight. Every Virginian deserves a safe, warm and secure residence to call their own."