2017 PIT Homeless Count Data

The 2017 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County was conducted on Thursday, February 23, 2017, 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.

In accordance with and as required by this contract, THHI provided DCF’s Office on Homelessness a copy of the 2017 PIT Data as uploaded into HUD’s HDX Reporting System on May 5, 2017.  Below is a brief summary comparison between the 2016 and 2017 PIT Data.


Summary of Results

In nearly everyone category and subpopulation, the 2017 PIT Count data shows a decrease in the number of people and households experiencing homeless when compared to the 2016 PIT Count data.  Additionally, overall and in all subpopulations, except chronically homeless, there was a greater percentage sheltered on the night of the PIT in 2017 than in 2016.


Total Overall Homelessness

  • The number of homeless people decreased by 15% between 2016 and 2017 with 1,549 literally homeless men, women and children counted during the 2017 count compared to the 1,817 counted in 2016
  • 63% of all homeless people in Hillsborough County were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count
  • 26% decrease in overall street (unsheltered) homeless population


Overall Homeless Individuals (households without children)

  • 70% of people experiencing homelessness are individuals (households without children)
  • 16% decrease in the number of homeless individuals
  • 48% of homeless individuals were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count


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

  • 31% of people experiencing homelessness were part of households with at least 1 adult and one child (154 households with 479 people)
  • 7% decrease in the number of homeless households with children; 10% decrease in the number of people in homeless households with children
  • 98% of homeless households with children were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count



  • 11% of the homeless population report having served in the U.S. Military
  • 5% decrease in number of Veterans experiencing homelessness; 172 in 2017 compared to 181 in 2016
  • 72% of homeless Veterans were sheltered on the night of the PIT Count


Chronically Homeless (individuals and families)***

  • 7% decrease in the overall chronically homeless population
  • Chronically homeless people (individuals and in families) represent 15% percent of the total homeless population
  • 74% of chronically homeless people were unsheltered on the night of the PIT Count

Unaccompanied Youth, aged 16 to 24

  • 19% decrease from 53 in 2016 to 43 in 2017
  • 29 parenting youth households were counted representing 76 people -a 53% increase from 2016
  • No unaccompanied youth, under the age of 18 or parenting youth under 18 were counted in 2017


2017 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 for homeless continuums of care to submit required data to HUD.  The Fact Sheet below is based on the data as submitted to HUD.


2017 PIT – Homeless Populations Summary

2017 PIT – Veteran Summary

2017 PIT – Chronically Homeless Summary

2017 PIT – Youth Summary

2017 PIT – Subpopulation Summary

Tampa/Hillsborough County CoC – 2017 PIT Count Fact Sheet


NOTE:  Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) changed their required PIT reporting to match the reports from HUD HDX.  Therefore, no additional reports were provided to DCF.


***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.