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San Mateo County’s homeless population is increasing, new census finds

(KRON) — Two years ago, San Mateo County declared a bold goal, pledging to “end homelessness” by giving every unsheltered¬†homeless person a place in an emergency¬†shelter, temporary housing, or permanent housing. Multiple hotels were converted into housing for hundreds of people.

Since then, the number of homeless people living on the streets, in tents, or in vehicles, has actually increased, new data released on Wednesday shows.

The official “One Day Homeless Count,” a census tally of people who sleep outside and people who sleep in shelters, found 2,130 people experiencing homelessness on Jan. 25, 2024, San Mateo County officials announced. That number represents an 18% increase from a population count conducted in 2022.

Homeless people counted outside of shelters increased by 5% to 1,145. Taken together with those counted in shelters, there were 322 more homeless people counted in 2024 than in 2022.

“While we never like to see our numbers go up, I am heartened by the fact that we saw an increase in those receiving shelter in our emergency facilities like the Navigation Center and El Camino House,” said Claire Cunningham, director of the Human Services Agency. “This means fewer individuals in less safe situations such as on the street or in tents. And shelters provide case management and supportive services to help residents move toward permanent housing.”

The 2024 count found that Redwood City has the most homeless individuals, followed by Pacifica, and unincorporated land along the coast. Zero unhoused people were found in ritzy Hillsborough, the census shows.

For those counted while unsheltered, 40% were in an RV, 31% in a car or van, 19% on the street, 7% in a tent, and 3% were “other,” data in the census shows.

County Executive Officer Mike Callagy said, “Our Board of Supervisors has made reaching functional zero homelessness a key priority. We make strides toward it with every person we move from the street or their vehicle into a place with a warm roof, the supports they need to be successful and the dignity we all deserve.”

The One Day Homeless Count is conducted every two years and required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The data is not perfect since it captures solely what teams of outreach workers and volunteers discovered during a few hours on a particular day, county officials said.

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