2023 California Homeless Count Results Released By HUD Reveal a Statewide Increase of Nearly 6% When Compared to 2022 Homeless Count Results

A comparison by region reveals

a decrease (2.1%) for Northern California CoCs
an increase (4.3%) for Central California CoCs and
an increase (10.8%) for Southern California CoCs.

 A comparison by region also reveals

Southern California CoCs counted 60.0% of the state’s total 2023 count
Northern California CoCs counted 32.5% of state’s the total 2023 count
Central California CoCs counted 7.5% of the state’s total 2023 count

The total count of sheltered and unsheltered persons for California’s 44 CoCs was 181,399 persons in 2023, which represents an increase of 9,878 persons or 5.8% when compared to the total count of 171,521 persons in 2022, as noted in Table 1.

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A regional comparison, also noted in Table 1, reveals that the total sheltered and unsheltered count for the

  • 24 Northern California CoCs was 58,944 persons in 2023 representing a decrease of 1,295 persons or 2.1% when compared to the total count of 60,239 persons in 2022.
  • 7 Central California CoCs was 13,592 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 566 persons or 4.3% when compared to the total count of 13,026 persons in 2022.
  • 13 Southern California CoCs was 108,863 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 10,607 persons or 10.8% when compared to the total count of 98,256 persons in 2022.

Total Count

Table 2 shows that Southern California CoCs represented 57.3 percent of the state total count in 2022, which increased to 60% in 2023. The percentage of the state total count decreased from 35.1% in 2022 to 32.5% in 2023 for Northern California CoCs. There was also a percentage decrease from 7.6% in 2022 to 7.5% in 2023 for Central California CoCs.

Unsheltered Count

As noted by HUD, CoCs must count all individuals or families who meet the criteria in paragraph (1)(i) of the homeless definition in 24 CFR 578.3. This includes individuals and families “with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground” on the night designated for the count.

The total unsheltered count for California’s 44 CoCs was 123,423 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 7,932 persons or 6.9% when compared to the total unsheltered count of 115,491 persons in 2022, as noted in Table 3.

A regional comparison, as noted in Table 3, reveals that the total unsheltered count for the

  • 24 Northern California CoCs was 40,203 persons in 2023 representing a decrease of 2,126 persons or 5.0% when compared to the total count of 42,329 persons in 2022.
  • 7 Central California CoCs was 8,240 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 690 persons or 9.1% when compared to the total count of 7,550 persons in 2022.
  • 13 Southern California CoCs was 74,980 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 9,368 persons or 14.3% when compared to the total count of 65,612 persons in 2022.

Note: HUD requires CoCs to complete a sheltered count every year but does not require an unsheltered count every year. However, HUD does require an unsheltered count every other year. There are 15 CoCs that completed an unsheltered count in 2022 but not in 2023 and they are listed in blue text below. Of the 15 CoCs, 11 were Northern California CoCs, 2 were Central California CoCs, and 2 were Southern California CoCs.

As noted by HUD, CoCs must count all individuals or families who meet the criteria in paragraph (1)(ii) of the homeless definition in 24 CFR 578.3. This includes individuals and families “living in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state, or local government programs for low-income individuals)” on the night designated for the count.

The total sheltered count for California’s 44 CoCs was 57,976 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 1,926 persons or 3.8% when compared to the total sheltered count of 56,050 persons in 2022, as noted in Table 4.

A regional comparison, as noted in Table 4, reveals that the total sheltered count for the

  • 24 Northern California CoCs was 18,741 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 831 persons or 4.6% when compared to the total count of 17,910 persons in 2022.
  • 7 Central California CoCs was 5,352 persons in 2023 representing a decrease of 124 persons or 2.3% when compared to the total count of 5,476 persons in 2022.
  • 13 Southern California CoCs was 33,883 persons in 2023 representing an increase of 1,239 persons or 3.8% when compared to the total count of 32,644 persons in 2022.

1 Comment

  1. Margaret Simmons on December 21, 2023 at 8:37 am

    Thanks so much for this.

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