National and Downtown San Diego Homeless Numbers Decrease

On December 10, 2012, U.S. Housing and Urban Development released Volume 1 of the 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) entitled, “The 2012 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness.”  Point-in-Time estimates offer a snapshot of homelessness and also provide an estimate of the number of homeless persons within particular sub-populations, such as chronically homeless people and veterans.  In 2012, nearly 100,000 people were chronically homeless in the United States, which represented a decline of 6.8% since 2011 and 19.3% since 2007.  Nationally, veteran homelessness also declined 7.2% since 2011 and 17.2% since 2009.

The San Diego City and County Continuum of Care (CoC) is considered a “Major City CoC”, which refers to jurisdictions that cover the fifty (50) largest cities in the United States.  This past year, San Diego City and County had the third largest number of homeless people and homeless veterans relative to other Major City CoCs, with 10,013 homeless people counted in the region on a single night in January 2012, 1,753 of whom were veterans.  In addition, the City and County had a 6.1% increase in total homelessness and 25.4% increase in chronically homeless individuals from 2011 to 2012.

Despite these regional increases, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) reported that there was a decrease of approximately 300 homeless people in downtown San Diego (as reported in the May 2012 Newsletter).  The Campaign attributes the decrease in part to the efforts of Phase 1, which successfully housed 147 homeless individuals.   In addition, the Campaign recently implemented Phase 2 resulting in an additional 95 homeless people housed to date.  The Campaign looks forward to the results from the 2013 Point-in-Time Count and a further decrease in homelessness downtown as a result of the Campaign’s collaborative efforts.  See the Getting Involved section below from information on how to volunteer for the 2013 Count!