Orange County Homeless Statistics

 
  • In Orange County: *

      • On any given night in Orange County, more than 4,400 people are homeless, an increase of 5% over the 2013 Point in Time Count (PIT).
      • More than 15,291 people are homeless over the course of a year.
        • 63% of these will be adults living without children; 37% will be individuals in families, including children.
        • There are only 221 year-round emergency shelter beds for adults in Orange County.
          • 5% of homeless people are youth and young adults.
          • Veterans represent 12% of all homeless adults in Orange County.
          • 13% of homeless individuals are chronically homeless.
          • 13 % of homeless individuals are living with severe mental illness.
          • 65% of homeless people with severe mental illness are unsheltered.
          • 21% of adults reported they had previously experienced domestic violence.
          • 23% of homeless people are challenged with chronic substance abuse.
          • 64% of homeless chronic substance abusers are unsheltered.
      • Unsheltered homelessness increased between 2013 and 2015, both as an absolute number and as

    a percentage of the total homeless population. In 2013, 61% of the homeless population was
    sheltered, while only 51% were sheltered in 2015. (National estimates from 2013 suggest 65% of
    the homeless population is sheltered).

    *211/OC Data, reported from Orange County’s 2015 Point In Time homeless count (attached) and 2015 Annual Housing Assessment Report.  These are reports required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are the County’s official report of homelessness and its impact.

      In Laguna Beach: **

    • Between 300 and 350 different individuals will use the ASL Emergency Shelter each year
      • Most are transient, staying 30 or fewer nights. 
      • More than half stay fewer than 10 nights. 
      • 25% stay just a single night
      • About 40 people stay 100 nights or more each year. 
    • In its 5-year history, the ASL has never had a child or a family with children request help.

    *. 211/OC Data, reported from Orange County’s 2013 Point In Time homeless count (attached) and 2013 Annual Housing Assessment Report.  These are reports required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are the County’s official report of homelessness and its impact.

    **. Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) attendance data reported to the City by Friendship Shelter.

Find out more Homeless statistics and findings by downloading:

Download Orange County Homeless Count & Survey Report  (July 2015)

Download Causes of Homlessness (PDF)