2016 Homeless Count Data

The 2016 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County was conducted on Thursday, February 25, 2016, between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Approximately 330 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 2016 PIT Homeless Count.  Please note that all increase/decrease references are for changes between the 2015 and 2016 data.

Scroll down for a Complete List of 2016 PIT Homeless Count Data Charts/Reports.

Total Overall Homelessness

  • The number of homeless people decreased by 5.9% between 2015 and 2016 with 1,817 literally homeless men, women and children were counted during the 2016 count compared to the 1,931 counted in 2015
  • 57% of all homeless people in Hillsborough County were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count
  • 1.72% increase in overall street (unsheltered) homeless population

Overall Homeless Individuals (households without children)

  • 70% of people experiencing homelessness are individuals (households without children)
  • 6.2% decrease in the number of homeless individuals
  • 45% of homeless individuals were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count

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 (166 households with 533 people).
  • 6.2% decrease in the number of homeless persons in households with children
  • 88% of homeless people in families were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count


  • 9.96% of the homeless population are Veterans
  • 42.17% decrease in number of Veterans experiencing homelessness; 181 compared to 313 in 2015
  • 61.8% of homeless Veterans were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count

Chronically Homeless (individuals and families)***

  • 19.4% decrease in the overall chronically homeless population
  • Chronically homeless people (individuals and in families) represent 14% percent of the total homeless population
  • 76% of chonically homeless people were unshelted on the night of the PIT Count

Unaccompanied youth, aged 16 to 24

  • 41.1% decrease from 90 2015 to 53 in 2016
  • 19 parenting youth households were counted representing 47 people – a 50% decrease from 2015
  • 3  unaccompanied youth, under the age of 18 were counted  or parenting youth under 18 was counted in 2015
2016 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.

2016 PIT Summary

2016 PIT Veteran Summary

2016 PIT Sub-Population Summary

2016 PIT Youth Summary

Comparision – 2013 – 2016 PIT data (utilizing HDX submitted data for each of the PIT Count years) 

2016 DCF PIT Report

***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.