2020 Survey on Homelessness Results
Since 2019, the Chatham County Continuum of Care (CoC) has administered a survey on homelessness to Chatham County, Georgia residents. The purpose of this survey is to identify the community's perceptions of homelessness and ways in which the CoC and partner agencies may better address homelessness.
The 2020 survey was administered from August 5th - September 4th. Key findings from the survey include:
Respondents chose mental health/substance abuse, lack of affordable housing, and job-related concerns as the top three reasons for homelessness in Chatham County.
Respondents chose homeless camps, the lack of community funds spent on homelessness, and the lack of emergency shelter capacity as the top three homeless-related issues that concern them.
The most commonly chosen solution to homelessness (77% of all respondents) was "affordable housing with rents under $500".
Over half (52%) of respondents believe homelessness in Chatham County is getting worse.
Most respondents (57%) support a fee structure to fund affordable housing.