Yesterday, the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) presented the 2023 State of Homelessness in San Antonio & Bexar County, featuring results & data from this year's Point-In-Time (PIT) Count, an annual census of people experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in the region.
According to the 2023 PIT Count Report, the overall total of people experiencing homelessness increased by 5.3% from 2022 to 2023, but unsheltered homelessness decreased by 15.6%. Katie Vela, Executive Director at SARAH, said, "The decrease in unsheltered homelessness is fantastic news and really speaks to the work and the focus on this area in the last couple of years with expanding street outreach, talking about housing needs, [and] looking at different systemic issues."
Data collected in January also shows that families staying in shelters have increased by 60% since 2021. Vela said, "In 2021, [these were our lowest] levels ever, and that was when we had eviction prevention programs in place... so we see that direct impact. If we can find a way as a community to make a sustainable program, we think we can see these numbers go down again."
To watch KSAT 12's recording of the event, click here. You can also read the complete 2023 PIT Count Report and find the 2023 Key Findings below.