About the Point-in-Time Count

The Point-in-Time Count is a biennial count of people experiencing homelessness on a given point in time during the last ten days in January. The count provides vital information that helps the County better understand homelessness in the community and guides the way the County and its partners respond to homelessness in Orange County. This information—which volunteers, nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, faith groups and elected officials come together as a community to gather—helps the organizations working to address homelessness in Orange County identify which services are needed, identify trends and changes in demographics over time and decide how best to work together to collaboratively solve this complex social issue.

We are still awaiting results of the 2021 count which will utilize a slightly different method due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please read on to find out more information on the 2019 count.


6,860 people are without a home in Orange County




Transitional Aged Youth




*(made up of 584 adults
and 966 children)

2,899 were in an emergency or transitional shelter and 3,961 were unsheltered

For the 3,961 who were unsheltered:

52% were chronically homeless

73% had their last known address in Orange County

72% worked or currently work in OC

52% have family in OC

If you would like to learn more about this data and the ways in which United to End Homelessness is working to solve homelessness in our community, please sign up for a class and join our network.

We will continue to help educate the community and build support for ending homelessness in Orange County. We will expand the WelcomeHomeOC program for apartment owners to make rental units available to people experiencing homelessness. This new data will help the community coordinate the resources needed to bring customized services to those experiencing homelessness.

Now that we know how many of our neighbors are suffering from homelessness, it’s time to shift into high gear in our collective effort to end homelessness in Orange County.