2015 Homeless Count Data

The 2015 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County was conducted on Thursday, February 26, 2015, between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

More than 350 volunteers canvassed the streets, alleys, wooded areas and places where homeless people are known to gather for meals, services and housings.  Data was also obtained from the UNITY Information Network, our CoC’s HMIS system, for persons residing in emergency shelters, safe havens and transitional housing for homeless persons.

Summary of Results

Below are some key data points from the 2015 PIT Homeless Count.  Please note that all increase/decrease references are for changes between the 2014 and 2015 data.

Click here to go to the Complete List of 2015 PIT Homeless Count Data Charts/Reports.

Total Overall Homelessness

  • The number of homeless people decreased by 0.7% between 2014 and 2015 with 1,931 literally homeless men, women and children were counted during the 2015 count compared to the 1,944* counted in 2014
  • 31% decrease in overall street (unsheltered) homeless population
  • 38% increase in the sheltered homeless population**

Overall Homeless Individuals (households without children)

  • 71% of people experiencing homelessness are individuals (households without children)
  • 5.5% decrease in the number of homeless individuals
  • 21% increase in the number of sheltered homeless individuals and a 22% decrease in the number of unsheltered homeless individuals**

Overall Homeless Families (households with at least one adult and one child)

  • 29% of people experiencing homelessness were part of households with at least 1 adult and one child (169 households with 568 people).
  • 89% of homeless people in families were sheltered
  • 68% increase in the number of sheltered homeless families; 69% decrease in the number of unsheltered homeless families**


  • 16% of the homeless population are Veterans
  • 33% increase in number of Veterans experiencing homelessness; 313 compared to 236 in 2014

Chronically Homeless (individuals and families)***

  • 23% decrease in the overall chronically homeless population
    • 227% increase in the sheltered chronic homeless population**
    • 43% decrease in the unsheltered chronic homeless population**
    • 220% increase in sheltered chronically homeless individuals**
    • 85% decrease among chronically homeless families (households with at least 1 dependent child)
  • Chronically homeless people (individuals and in families) represent 16% percent of the total homeless population

Unaccompanied youth, aged 16 to 24

  • 50 percent decrease from 143 in 2014 to 99 in 2015
  • 38 parenting youth households were counted representing 94 people (parenting youth was not a category required to report in 2014)
  • No unaccompanied youth or parenting youth under 18 was counted in 2015
2015 Homeless Count Data Reports/Tables

Unless otherwise noted, the data reports are generated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX).  The HDX is an on-line tool designed to allow homeless continuums of care to submit required data to HUD.

2015 – Point in Time Count – FL-501 Tampa Hillsborough County CoC

2015 – PIT – Summary – Veterans population

2015 – PIT – Summary – Subpopulations

2015 – PIT – Summary – Youth population

2013 to 2015 PIT Data Comparison (utilizing HDX submitted data for each of the PIT Count years)

2015 Florida DCF PIT Report – Tampa-Hillsborough

*The number of homeless persons previously reported for 2014 was 2,243 and included persons incarcerated in County Jail on the day of the count that would have met HUD’s criteria for homelessness (literally homeless prior to incarceration and incarcerated for 90 days or less) if they were released that day.  

While this information is beneficial for some community planning purposes, the ‘jail’ number cannot be included in reporting to HUD.  To ensure consistency with the federal and state reporting criteria, THHI will utilized only the data that is reportable to HUD.  Based on this, the number of homeless persons counted during the 2014 count was 1,944. 

** The increase in the number of shelter persons and decrease in the number of unsheltered person is a direct correlation to an increase in emergency shelter and bridge housing units during the period between the 2014 and 2015 homeless counts.)

***For the purposes of the Point in Time Homeless Count, HUD defines chronically homeless individuals and families as follows (HUD’s HIC/PIT Data Collection Notice, November 2013, page 27):

Chronically Homeless Individual – an individual who:

A.    Is homeless and lives in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven or in an emergency shelter; AND

B.    Has been homeless and living or residing in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven or in an emergency shelter continuously for at least 1 year or on at least four separate occasions in the last three years; AND

C.    Can be diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:  substance abuse disorder, serious mental illness, development disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive impairments resulting from brain injury, or chronic physical illness or disability (that is expected to be long-continuing or indefinite duration) 

Chronically Homeless Family – a family with an adult head of household (or if there is not adult in the family, a minor head of household) who meets all of the criteria for a chronically homeless individual, including a family whose composition has fluctuated while the head of household has been homeless.