Marin County 2022 Point-in-Time Homelessness Count
The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an effort to understand the burden of homelessness across the nation by counting sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night. While the PIT Count is normally conducted every two years, the 2021 count was delayed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preliminary results of Marin County's 2022 PIT Count have been released.
Here we compare 2022 Marin County PIT Count data with 2019 results. We will share the full report when it is released in July, 2022. For more information about the PIT Count and to access previous reports, please visit here.
“Homelessness is an issue we care deeply about and that is reflected in our ongoing and new investments to tackle this complex issue. Our most vulnerable residents are dealing with widening income inequality, high inflation, and a lack of affordable housing, which are continuing to drive individuals and families into homelessness.” -Benita McLarin, Director of Marin County Health and Human Services
Interpretation: The total number of individuals experiencing homelessness increased 8.4% from 1,034 in 2019 to 1,121 in 2022. Marin County was able to avoid dramatic increases that were expected due to the challenging conditions of the pandemic like high rent prices, inflation, and job loss. This smaller than expected increase is a testament to investments, efforts, and system transformation of County and community partners to support and house our most vulnerable community members.
“Pre-pandemic, our dedication to Housing First led to a 28% decrease in chronic homelessness between 2017 and 2019. We know this approach works to reduce homelessness, especially among the most vulnerable and most visible, and will be the key to continuing to address homelessness as a proven, evidence-based strategy.” -Gary Naja-Riese, Director of Marin’s Homelessness and Whole Person Care Division
Interpretation: The Marin County Coordinated Entry system has housed more than 478 people experiencing chronic homelessness. Despite this progress, chronic homelessness increased 10.5% from 257 people in 2019 to 284 people in 2022.
Interpretation: Family homelessness increased 35.2% from 54 families in 2019 to 73 families in 2022. While not surprising with unemployment and rent increases, this concerning issue will become even more of a focus of our homelessness system of care.
“We know that the solution to homelessness is a home. A vital aspect of this success is implementing the correct types of housing interventions to resolve homelessness and funding for supports and services to keep people housed.” -Christine Paquette, Executive Director of St. Vincent De Paul Society of Marin County
Interpretation: Veterans experiencing homelessness have been one of the target populations in Marin's goal to end homelessness. The concerted efforts of the County, federal agencies, and local partners are reflected in a 34.3% decrease in veteran homelessness from 99 in 2019 to 65 in 2022.
Sheltered and Unsheltered
Interpretation: In addition to a visual count of people who are unsheltered, the PIT Count includes a survey for a census of people who are sheltered. There was a small increase in the proportion of the unhoused population who are unsheltered from 68.5% in 2019 to 74.0% in 2022.
Interpretation:The number of sheltered people experiencing homelessness decreased by 10.7% from 326 in 2019 to 291 in 2022. Concomitantly, the number of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness increased by 17.2% from 708 in 2019 to 830 in 2022.
For more information on the work being done to address homelessness in Marin, please visit our website.