As I referenced in this blog post in January, I participated in the Point in Time (PIT) count for the first time.
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) in collaboration with the IU Public Policy Institute (PPI) recently released results from the annual Marion County Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count conducted on January 22, 2020, giving the community a baseline to the state of homelessness prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.¹
According to the Indianapolis Continuum of Care and The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) the Key findings include the following:²
- The total number of individuals experiencing homelessness remained flat, rising just over 1% from 1,567 individuals in 2019 to 1,588 in 2020.
- Racial disparities persist among Marion County’s homeless population. 54% of the people counted in 2020 were Black or African American despite only making up 28% of residents in Marion County. 42% of those counted were Caucasian and 5% were Hispanic or Latinx.
- 12% decrease of families experiencing homelessness
- 18% decrease of veterans who were homeless
- There was a 24% increase in the number of people age 62 and older who experiencing homelessness, climbing from 116 in 2019 to 176 in 2020
To view PIT Count Reports from 2017 – 2020 and related dashboards, visit the Indy CoC website.