In 2020, 22 of the 44 California Continuums of Care (CoCs) conducted an unsheltered and sheltered homeless count in January and publicly reported and/or shared their results with Urban Initiatives to be included in this report. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does not require CoCs to complete an unsheltered count in even-number years.
The other 22 CoCs conducted a sheltered count. HUD will combine their 2020 sheltered counts with their 2019 unsheltered counts and report their totals as their 2020 sheltered and unsheltered homeless count.
Of the 22 California CoCs that conducted an unsheltered and sheltered homeless count, 17 or more than three-fourths (77.3%) counted more persons as homeless in 2020 when compared to the number of persons counted in 2019 and are shaded red in the map below. Five or 22.7% of the 22 CoCs, counted less persons as homeless in 2020 when compared to 2019 and are shaded blue in the map below.
The aforementioned 22 CoCs counted 93,098 persons as unsheltered and sheltered in 2019 and 103,014 in 2020, which represents an increase of nearly 10,000 persons (9,916) or 10.7%.
A table follows the map below that compares the total number of persons
counted as homeless by the 22 CoCs that conducted an unsheltered count in 2019
and 2020 and notes the 22 CoCs that did not conduct an unsheltered count in 2020
for a pdf copy of the map.