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Information on Homelessness in Marin County

COVID has exacerbated poverty and many individuals and families in Marin County are facing increasingly harder times. Economic instability, rising fuel, food and rental costs, and chronic health concerns are pushing more people into poverty and many people are living on the streets, in vehicles, or in the hills around our county.

Marin County Point-in-Time Count 2022

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 “Point-in-Time Count” also enables organizations to apply for Federal funding for local homeless programs. Marin County’s last count was conducted in January, 2022.

Note: There was no PIT count in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.The results below compare the 2022 results to the 2019 PIT count.

Here's a summary of what we learned:

  • People experiencing homelessness increased by 8.5% in Marin since 2019 from 1,034 in 2019 to 1,121 in 2022.

Interpretation: The total number of individuals experiencing homelessness increased 8.4%. Marin County was able to avoid dramatic increases that were expected due to the challenging conditions of the pandemic like high rent prices, inflation, and job loss. This smaller than expected increase is a testament to investments, efforts, and system transformation of County and community partners to support and house our most vulnerable community members.

  • People experiencing chronic homelessness in Marin increased by 10.5% from 257 in 2019 to 284 in 2022.

Interpretation: The Marin County Coordinated Entry system has housed more than 478 people experiencing chronic homelessness. Despite this progress, chronic homelessness increased 10.5% from 257 people in 2019 to 284 people in 2022.

  • Family homelessness increased by 32.5% from 54 families in 2019 to 73 families in 2022.

Interpretation: Family homelessness increased 35.2% from 54 families in 2019 to 73 families in 2022. While not surprising with unemployment and rent increases, this concerning issue will become even more of a focus of our homelessness system of care.

  • Veteran homelessness decreased by 34% from 99 individuals in 2019 to 65 individuals in 2022

Interpretation: Veterans experiencing homelessness have been one of the target populations in Marin’s goal to end homelessness. The concerted efforts of the County, federal agencies, and local partners are reflected in a 34.3% decrease in veteran homelessness from 99 in 2019 to 65 in 2022.


2019 PIT Summary

2019 Sheltered / Unsheltered Population (1034 individuals):

  • 32% (326) Sheltered / 68% (708) Unsheltered


Subpopulation Data:

  • Chronically Homeless Individuals (257 individuals): 33% Sheltered / 67% Unsheltered
  • Veterans (99 Individuals): 33% Sheltered / 67% Unsheltered
  • Families (54 Familes with 147 Members): 88% Sheltered / 12% Unsheltered
  • Unaccompanied Children (8 Individuals): 0% Sheltered / 100% Unsheltered
  • Transition-Age Youth (99 Individuals): 6% Sheltered / 94% Unsheltered
  • Older Adults (320 Individuals): 34% Sheltered / 66% Unsheltered


Primary Event or Condition That Led to Homelessness:

  • 49% Economic Issues
  • 36% Personal Relationship Issues
  • 16% Mental Health Issues
  • 14% Substance Use Issues
  • 11% Physical Health Issues
  •  7% experiencing domestic violence


Services Requested:

  • 42% Housing Placement Assistance
  • 38% Free Meals
  • 38% Bus Passes
  • 34% Emergency Shelter
  • 33% Day Services
  • 32% Legal Assistance


Point in Time counts take place every two years. Marin did not conduct a full Point-in-Time Count in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. However, as one step in determining the extent of new homelessness, Marin did a no-contact count of people living in cars and RVs on February 2021. For the full report, please view the 2021 vehicle homeless count here.