Nearly Two-Thirds or 28 of California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) Have Publicly Reported Their Total 2022 Homeless Count to Date

Remaining CoCs Will Publicly Report Their Count Results
Later This Month or by the End of July

In 2022, the 28 CoCs counted 74,788 persons as homeless

In 2020, the 28 CoCs counted 71,868 persons as homeless

In 2019, the 28 CoCs counted 70,619 persons as homeless

NOTE: In 2021, the majority of California’s CoCs did not conduct an unsheltered count after receiving an exception from HUD based on pandemic-related reasons.

All CoCs were required to submit their 2022 homeless count results to HUD by May 6 through HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) for review. CoCs decide when to publicly report their homeless count results.

Table 1 shows that 28 or 63.6% of California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) have publicly reported their total 2022 homeless count so far. Of the 28 CoCs,

  • 18 reported an increase; and
  • 10 reported a decrease.

Of the 28 CoCs,

  • 16 compared their total 2022 homeless count to their total 2020 homeless count;
  • 11 compared their total 2022 homeless count to their total 2019 homeless count; and
  • 1 compared its total 2022 homeless count to its total 2021 homeless count.

Eleven (11) CoCs preferred to compare their total 2022 count to their total 2019 count because they did not conduct an unsheltered count in 2020 and received an exception from HUD not to conduct an unsheltered count in 2021 based on pandemic-related reasons.

HUD requires CoCs to conduct an unsheltered count every other year and a sheltered count every year. Prior to the pandemic, every other year paralleled every odd-number year.

When a CoC does not conduct an unsheltered count during an even-number year, HUD adds the CoC’s unsheltered count from the previous odd-number year to the CoC’s sheltered count for the following even-number year.

Sixteen (16) CoCs preferred to compare their total 2022 count to their total 2020 count because they did conduct an unsheltered count in 2020 and received an exception from HUD not to conduct an unsheltered count in 2021 based on pandemic-related reasons.

One (1) CoC preferred to compare its total 2022 count to its total 2021 count because the CoC did conduct an unsheltered count in 2021. 

NOTE: The 28 CoCs have chosen to publicly report their 2022 homeless count results prior to HUD review, which usually happens during the summer. HUD officially reports total count results and related subpopulation data during the late fall.

The 16 CoCs that have not yet publicly reported their total 2022 homeless count include:

  • CA-503 Sacramento City & County CoC
  • CA-506 Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties CoC
  • CA-508 Watsonville/Santa Cruz City & County CoC
  • CA-510 Turlock, Modesto/Stanislaus County CoC
  • CA-514 Fresno City & County/Madera County CoC
  • CA-515 Roseville, Rocklin/Placer County CoC
  • CA-518 Vallejo/Solano County CoC
  • CA-521 Davis, Woodland/Yolo County CoC
  • CA-522 Humboldt County CoC
  • CA-524 Yuba City/Sutter County CoC
  • CA-525 El Dorado County CoC
  • CA-527 Tehama County CoC
  • CA-531 Nevada County CoC
  • CA-600 Los Angeles City & County CoC
  • CA-606 Long Beach CoC
  • CA-614 San Luis Obispo County

Table 2 compares the 2022 total count to the 2019 total count for each of the 28 CoCs that have publicly reported their total count result and notes the difference.

Table 2 also compares the total number of persons counted by all 28 CoCs in 2022 to 2019 and notes a 5.9% increase.

Table 3 compares the 2022 total count to the 2020 total count for each of the 28 CoCs that have publicly reported their total count result and notes the difference.

Table 3 also compares the total number of persons counted by all 28 CoCs in 2022 to 2020 and notes a 4.1% increase.

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