Comparing California’s 2019 Homeless Count Results to 2018 Results by Regions and Continuums of Care

–See California Continuums of Care (CoCs) Map Noting Increase or Decrease for Each CoC–

–all 44 California CoCs had a collective increase of 16.4% (see Table 1)–
–all 23 Northern California CoCs had a collective increase of 22.6% (see Table 2)–
–all 8 Central California CoCs had a collective increase of 18.8% (see Table 3)–
–all 13 Southern California CoCs had a collective increase of 12.7% (see Table 4)–

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Note: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires continuums of care (CoCs) to complete an unsheltered and sheltered homeless count every other year, which occurs on odd-number years such as 2019. Completing an unsheltered count during an even number year is optional. HUD requires CoCs to complete a sheltered count every year.

If a CoC chooses not to complete an unsheltered count during an even number year, the CoC’s unsheltered count for the previous odd-number year is carried over into the even number year and totaled with the even number year sheltered count. Twenty-three (23) or more than half (52.3%) of the 44 CoCs had the same number of unsheltered persons in 2018 as in 2017 because their 2017 unsheltered number was carried over into 2018 and reported by HUD.

To see a comparison on 2019 homeless count results to 2017 results click here.

Table 1. Comparison of 2019 homeless count results to 2018 homeless count results for all 44 California CoCs

 Continuum of Care (CoC)Homeless CountDifference
20182019#%
CA-500San Jose/Santa Clara City & County CoC7,2549,706+2,452+33.8
CA-501San Francisco CoC6,8578,035+1,178+17.2
CA-502Oakland, Berkeley/Alameda County CoC5,4968,022+2,526+46.0
CA-503Sacramento City & County CoC3,6215,561+1,940+54.6
CA-504Santa Rosa, Petaluma/Sonoma County CoC2,9962,951-45-1.5
CA-505Richmond/Contra Costa County CoC2,2342,295+61+2.7
CA-506Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties CoC3,2992,704-595-18.0
CA-507Marin County CoC1,0951,034-61-5.5
CA-508Watsonville/Santa Cruz City & County CoC2,3202,167-153-6.6
CA-509Mendocino County CoC880785-95-10.8
CA-510Turlock, Modesto/Stanislaus County CoC1,3561,923+567+41.8
CA-511Stockton/San Joaquin County CoC1,6852,631+946+56.1
CA-512Daly City/San Mateo County CoC1,2381,512+274+22.1
CA-513Visalia/Kings, Tulare Counties CoC9671,064+97+10.0
CA-514Fresno City & County/Madera County CoC2,1442,508+364+17.0
CA-515Roseville, Rocklin/Placer County678617-61-9.0
CA-516Redding/Shasta County CoC1,1491,349+200+17.4
CA-517Napa City & County CoC32232200
CA-518Vallejo/Solano County CoC1,1291,151+22+1.9
CA-519Chico, Paradise/Butte County CoC1,1251,266+141+12.5
CA-520Merced City & County CoC514608+94+18.3
CA-521Davis, Woodland/Yolo County CoC448655+207+46.2
CA-522Humboldt County CoC7031,702+999+142
CA-523Colusa, Glen, Trinity Counties CoC268192-76-28.3
CA-524Yuba City/Sutter County CoC765721-44-5.7
CA-525El Dorado County CoC645613-32-5.0
CA-526Tuolumne, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa Counties CoC398845+447+112
CA-527Tehama County CoC125288+163+130
CA-529Lake County CoC615408-207-33.6
CA-530Alpine, Inyo, Mono Counties CoC157214+57+36.3
CA-531Nevada County CoC272415+143+52.6
CA-600Los Angeles City and County49,95556,257+6,302+12.6
CA-601San Diego City and County CoC8,5768,102-474-5.5
CA-602Santa Ana, Anaheim/Orange County CoC4,9556,860+1,905+38.4
CA-603Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County CoC1,7061,803+97+5.7
CA-604Bakersfield/Kern County CoC8851,330+445+50.2
CA-606Long Beach CoC1,8731,894+21+1.1
CA-607Pasadena CoC677542-135-19.9
CA-608Riverside City & County CoC2,3162,811+495+21.4
CA-609San Bernardino City & County CoC2,1182,607+489+23.1
CA-611Oxnard, San Buenaventura/ Ventura County CoC1,3081,669+361+27.6
CA-612Glendale CoC260243-17-6.5
CA-613Imperial County CoC1,4931,413-80-5.4
CA-614San Luis Obispo County CoC1,0951,483+388+35.4
 

Total:

129,972151,278+21,306+16.4

Table 2. Comparison of 2019 homeless count results to 2018 homeless count results for 23 Northern California CoCs

 Continuum of Care (CoC)Homeless CountDifference
20182019#%
CA-500San Jose/Santa Clara City & County CoC7,2549,706+2,452+33.8
CA-501San Francisco CoC6,8578,035+1,178+17.2
CA-502Oakland, Berkeley/Alameda County CoC5,4968,022+2,526+46.0
CA-503Sacramento City & County CoC3,6215,561+1,940+54.6
CA-504Santa Rosa, Petaluma/Sonoma County CoC2,9962,951-45-1.5
CA-505Richmond/Contra Costa County CoC2,2342,295+61+2.7
CA-507Marin County CoC1,0951,034-61-5.5
CA-508Watsonville/Santa Cruz City & County CoC2,3202,167-153-6.6
CA-509Mendocino County CoC880785-95-10.8
CA-512Daly City/San Mateo County CoC1,2381,512+274+22.1
CA-515Roseville, Rocklin/Placer County678617-61-9.0
CA-516Redding/Shasta County CoC1,1491,349+200+17.4
CA-517Napa City & County CoC32232200
CA-518Vallejo/Solano County CoC1,1291,151+22+1.9
CA-519Chico, Paradise/Butte County CoC1,1251,266+141+12.5
CA-521Davis, Woodland/Yolo County CoC448655+207+46.2
CA-522Humboldt County CoC7031,702+999+142
CA-523Colusa, Glen, Trinity Counties CoC268192-76-28.3
CA-524Yuba City/Sutter County CoC765721-44-5.7
CA-525El Dorado County CoC645613-32-5.0
CA-527Tehama County CoC125288+163+130
CA-529Lake County CoC615408-207-33.6
CA-531Nevada County CoC272415+143+52.6
 

Total:

42,23551,767+9,532+22.6

Table 3. Comparison of 2019 homeless count results to 2018 homeless count results for 8 Central California CoCs

 Continuum of Care (CoC)Homeless CountDifference
20182019#%
CA-506Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties CoC3,2992,704-595-18.0
CA-510Turlock, Modesto/Stanislaus County CoC1,3561,923+567+41.8
CA-511Stockton/San Joaquin County CoC1,6852,631+946+56.1
CA-513Visalia/Kings, Tulare Counties CoC9671,064+97+10.0
CA-514Fresno City & County/Madera County CoC2,1442,508+364+17.0
CA-520Merced City & County CoC514608+94+18.3
CA-526Tuolumne, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa Counties CoC398845+447+112
CA-530Alpine, Inyo, Mono Counties CoC157214+57+36.3
 

Total:

10,52012,497+1,977+18.8

Table 4. Comparison of 2019 homeless count results to 2018 homeless count results for 13 Southern California CoCs

 Continuum of Care (CoC)Homeless CountDifference
20182019#%
CA-600Los Angeles City and County49,95556,257+6,302+12.6
CA-601San Diego City and County CoC8,5768,102-474-5.5
CA-602Santa Ana, Anaheim/Orange County CoC4,9556,860+1,905+38.4
CA-603Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County CoC1,7061,803+97+5.7
CA-604Bakersfield/Kern County CoC8851,330+445+50.2
CA-606Long Beach CoC1,8731,894+21+1.1
CA-607Pasadena CoC677542-135-19.9
CA-608Riverside City & County CoC2,3162,811+495+21.4
CA-609San Bernardino City & County CoC2,1182,607+489+23.1
CA-611Oxnard, San Buenaventura/ Ventura County CoC1,3081,669+361+27.6
CA-612Glendale CoC260243-17-6.5
CA-613Imperial County CoC1,4931,413-80-5.4
CA-614San Luis Obispo County CoC1,0951,483+388+35.4
 

Total:

77,21787,014+9,797+12.7

 

2 Comments

  1. Cathy on January 15, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Hi Joe,

    Thank you for providing the comparison data. However, it is not clear whether each California CoC conducts the sheltered and unsheltered count annually. A suggestion:

    – Segregate the communities that conduct unsheltered and sheltered count annually; or
    – Compare the 2017 and 2019 counts to provide a true comparison state wide.

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

    • Joe Colletti, PhD on January 16, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Cathy – thank you for your input. We edited our post to include a link to an earlier post that provides a 2017 to 2019 homeless count comparison. Thanks again.

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