Information on Homelessness In Marin County

While the economy is roaring for some, the reality is that many individuals and families in Marin County are facing increasingly harder times. Housing costs keep climbing and, as a result, more individuals are living on the streets, in vehicles, or in the hills around our county. Others are on the brink of homelessness.

Homeless Census and Survey

Every two years in January, communities across the country conduct comprehensive one-day counts of their homeless population to gain a better understanding of the individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness. This survey also enables them to apply for Federal funding for local homeless programs.

Marin County’s last count was conducted on January 29, 2015.

In the weeks following the physical count, a survey was administered to 360 unsheltered and sheltered individuals.

Here’s what we learned:

1,309 homeless individuals were living in Marin County on that date. Of the total homeless population,

  • 71% of these individuals reported living in Marin when they became homeless
  • 44% reported living in San Rafael
  • 37% reported a health issue
  • 20% individuals were considered chronically homeless persons
  • 5% people were homeless veterans

For the full report, please download the Marin County Homeless Census and Survey.