Homeless Count Rises Dramatically in California
December 7, 2017
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the results of the 2017 Point in Time Count yesterday, revealing progress in the number of homeless in all areas except for the west coast. In fact, According to the HUD report, the count represents a statewide increase across California of 13.7 percent in total homelessness from 2016, compared to a nation-wide increase of only 0.7 percent in homelessness from 2016 to 2017.
In the report, which was based on the biannual tally of unsheltered people conducted in January, California’s homeless population was 134,278, while the national homeless population is 553,742. The raw data sets for the Point in Time Count are available here.