California Homelessness Statistics

As of January 2018, California had an estimated 129972 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that Total, 6702 were family households, 10836 were Veterans, 12396 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 34332 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2016-2017 school year shows that an estimated 246296 public school students experienced homelessness over the course of the year. Of that total, 7533 students were unsheltered, 17061 were in shelters, 10095 were inhotels/motels, and 211607 were doubled up.

Use our map to compare California homeless statistics with other states and filter statistics by the data source. You can also find contact information for each state under the map.

If you are experiencing homelessness, please contact the Continuum of Care in your local area for assistance.

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Homelessness Statistics for California

  • Total Homeless Population

    129972

  • Total Family Households Experiencing Homelessness

    6702

  • Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

    10836

  • Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

    34332

  • Unaccompanied Young Adults (Aged 18-24) Experiencing Homelessness

    12396

  • Total Number of Homeless Students

    246296

  • Total Number of Unaccompanied Homeless Students

    7495

  • Nighttime Residence: Unsheltered

    7533

  • Nighttime Residence: Shelters

    17061

  • Nighttime Residence: Hotels/motels

    10095

  • Nighttime Residence: Doubled up

    211607

Contact Info on Homelessness for California

USICH Contact - Regional Coordinator

Helene Schneider

(202) 754-1581

State Interagency Council

Ginny Puddefoot

(916) 651-2942

State Homeless Education Coordinator
Housing and Urban Development Contacts