A new federal report shows California’s homeless population increased by nearly 7% early last year to an estimated 161,548 people, months before the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis spread across the state. In raw numbers, the total rose by 10,270 from January 2019 to January 2020.According to HUD, California reports the highest proportion of unsheltered homelessness in the country, currently averaging 69 percent (HUD, 2018).
This proportion of unsheltered homelessness has grown over the last four years, consistent with the growth observed in the Greater Bay Area . The Ark of Refuge, inc currently assists, Alameda County, San Francisco County and Sacramento County in this fight against communal impoverishment. Our cumulative research has found that the problem is starting before high school graduation while the client is still yet adolescent.
The number of personas experiencing homelessness in the greater Bay Area has increased by 19 percent since 2017. While the percentage of people experiencing chronic homelessness has decreased, among the unsheltered population (-7%).