Facts & Reports

2023 Homeless Point-In-Time Count

The 2023 annual Point-In-Time (PIT) count by Santa Cruz County, reflected a 21.5% decline in the number of people experiencing homelessness in our country. The PIT count offers valuable insights into the scope and scale of homelessness, enabling communities to identify trends and allocate resources. 

Homelessness in Santa Cruz County disproportionately impacts individuals of color, with 44% surveyed identifying as Hispanic or Latino. Additionally, homelessness among other racial groups surpassed the rates observed in the general population. 

In 2023 Housing Matters empowered 427 people to find stable housing, an increase of approximately 30% from 2022. We attribute this to our use of evidence-based best practices, collaboration with other service provider partners throughout the county, and the leadership of the Housing for Health Partnership.

Still, we recognize there is a long way to go. Dr. Robert Ratner, Director of Housing for Health Partnership at the County of Santa Cruz, remarks, “While the numbers show the lowest levels of homelessness since the PIT Count was first conducted and reflects our efforts to prioritize housing, we still have a long way to go.” 

For a full version of the report, visit: https://housingforhealthpartnership.org/Portals/29/HAP/Providers/Data/2023PITFullReport.pdf