On April 17th, the RTFH released data and results from the 2014 Point-in-Time Count.
According to this data, homelessness in San Diego County has decreased by four percent. The number of unsheltered homeless individuals has decreased by 13 percent in San Diego County, nine percent in the City of San Diego, and 26 percent in downtown San Diego.
This data indicates that of the total number of homeless individuals in San Diego County:
- 74 % were male
- 17 % were veterans
- 31 % experienced high levels of substance abuse
- 46 % had severe mental health issues
- 24 % were chronically homeless
- 50 % used the emergency room in the past year
The number of unsheltered homeless individuals in downtown San Diego decreased from 896 to 626 (26 percent).
Click here for more data from the 2014 Point-in-Time Count. The National Alliance to End Homelessness put together a fact sheet to help clarify and debunk common misconceptions around Point-in-Time-Count estimates – click here to review it.
Next month we will review the DSDP’s Clean & Safe monthly Homeless Count and provide further analysis on the state of homelessness in Downtown.