State of Homelessness

Study on Homelessness

A comprehensive study on homelessness in Placer County was conducted in 2015 by consultant Robert Marbut. The study collected data on who the homeless are, how they came to be homeless, where they came from and how long they’ve been homeless. The data compiled by Marbut shows that most of those who are homeless in Placer County have a connection to the county. They were living here when they became homeless, have family in the area or went to high school here. Many are chronically homeless. Additionally, there are three distinct homeless populations:

  • Auburn
  • Eastern portion of the county
  • Roseville

This information has informed the county’s understanding and approach to combating homelessness. Explore the full report (PDF).

Point-in-Time Count

A point-in-time count is conducted annually by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras. In 2020, a total of 744 homeless individuals were counted across the county, from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe. Point-in-time counts are not a comprehensive measure of an area's homeless population, but rather snapshots from a single day that can be used to approximate broad trends. Typically, they are viewed as undercounts for a community's yearly overall homeless population because many people may move in and out of homelessness throughout the year. As measured by the PIT, Placer County experiences the lowest rate of homelessness in northern California, the fourth-lowest rate of homelessness in the state overall, and the lowest rate of unsheltered homeless in the state.

Homeless Management Information System

Data around individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness is collected in a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), administered by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras. This helps agencies and service providers securely share information about the needs of the individuals, to better coordinate services. The data is also used to inform community planning and public policy.