Sacramento Homeless Point In Time Count
Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Every two years Sacramento County, its cities and the Sacramento Homeless Continuum of Care undertake an extensive effort to document every individual in the region experiencing homelessness during a twenty-four hour period. This effort, known as the “Point-in-Time Homeless Count”, provides a single-night snapshot of nearly all individuals and families staying at emergency/transitional shelters in the county, as well as unsheltered individuals, such as those sleeping outside, in tents or vehicles, under bridges, or other places not meant for human habitation.
This snapshot is used to allocate funds and determine need in the Sacramento County. Some Major takeaways from this study is that homelessness has increased, and that 93% of unsheltered respondents were originally from Sacramento or long-term residents. This fact is the very reason HART groups emphasize community-based solutions to the housing crisis.
The study also found homelessness and the lack of affordable housing are related. Amongst the unsheltered respondents, the number one issue mentioned was the lack of affordable housing. This is particular hard on seniors. Half of unsheltered seniors became homeless later in life due to the inability to pay rent increases because of fixed incomes. This crisis also affects families and children. Twenty percent of the population surveyed were families with children, and thirty-three percent of those unsheltered families were living in vehicles. While drug & alcohol rehabilitation are important services to offer, it is also equally important to track how other factors, such as the lack of affordable housing, are shaping the landscape of this issue when strategizing ways to help.
To read more about this study and see the full report go to: https://sacramentostepsforward.org/2019pitcount/