The 2018 Count Us In report found 12,112 people experiencing homelessness across the region on January 26, 2018, including 5,792 people sheltered in emergency shelters, safe havens and transitional housing and 6,320 people on the streets, in vehicles or staying in tents or encampments (both sanctioned and unsanctioned). The count includes a 15 percent increase in unsheltered people and a four percent increase overall, the smallest increases in homelessness in the region in the past four years.
The biggest improvement was a 31 percent reduction in veteran homelessness, the result of increased investments and strong collaboration across federal, state, county and local governments and local non-profit agencies.
“Count Us In was a community effort and reflects the manner in which we must address this growing crisis,” said Kira Zylstra, Acting Director of All Home. “Though the overall count increased, the pace is slowing and there is tremendous progress in reducing veteran homelessness. Now is the time to double down on our efforts to ensure the same progress for the 12,112 people without housing today and the thousands more who experience homeless over the course of the year.”