Understanding homelessness in our community

Over time, homelessness has steadily increased in El Dorado County.

In 2019, on a given night, more than 600 people experienced homelessness in El Dorado County

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The last complete PIT count occurred in 2019.

  • Every two years, during the last 10 days of January, communities across the country conduct comprehensive counts of the local homeless populations in order to measure the prevalence of homelessness in each local Continuum of Care. 

  • The 2019 El Dorado Point-in-Time Count was a community-wide effort conducted on January 28th-29th, 2019. During the same time, a survey was administered to 112 unsheltered and sheltered individuals experiencing homelessness, in order to profile their experience and characteristics.

  • 78% of people experiencing homelessness in El Dorado County are unsheltered. 

The amount of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness has likely increased since January 2019
  • PIT race and subpopulation data 2019 (sheltered and unsheltered)

    • 85% white, 5% African American, 4% native American

    • 19% chronic homelessness, 8% vets, 5% unaccompanied youth, 14% transitional youth

  • PIT sheltered race and subpop data 2021

    • 84% white, 5% Black, 4% Native American, 7% multiple races

    • 16% of sheltered pop are chronically homeless

    • 14% of sheltered pop are children, 5% are transition age youth, 81% are adults (over age 24)

    • 45% female, 53% male, 1% gender non-conforming


Total exits from homelessness

  • Single adult households: 82 people in 2018 versus 167 in 2020 (100+% increase)

  • A total of 200 families exited homelessness between 2018 and 2020

  • In total, 541 households exited homelessness

  • Those households were made up of 917 people (576 individuals in families and 341 individuals in households without children)


Exits include:

1) Permanent housing

2) Temporary housing (shelter, hotel, friends/family,
    temporary housing), and

3) Institutional settings (psychiatric facility, substance use
    treatment/detox, long-term care facility, or jail/prison)