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.
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.
And while we don’t have the figures for this year’s count yet, we can look at the 2017 Point-In-Time Count for some important information.
1,117 homeless individuals were living in Marin County on that date, down from 1,309 in 2015. Of the total homeless population,
- 63% of the population was living unsheltered
- 22% of the population was under the age of 25
- 10% of the population identified as LGBTQ
- 11% of the population was unaccompanied children or transition-age youth
- 8% of the population (94 persons) was veterans
- 72% of respondents reported living in Marin County before becoming homeless
- There were 359 chronically homeless persons in Marin County or 32% of the total homeless population
- There were 75 families with 200 family members experiencing homelessness, representing 18% of the total homeless population
- 15% of homeless individuals were employed
- 59% of homeless individuals were suffering from at least one disabling condition.
- 71% of these individuals reported living in Marin when they became homeless
- 44% reported living in San Rafael
- 37% reported a health issue
For the full report, please download the Marin County Homeless Census and Survey.