The Santa Monica Homeless Count

Homeless counts are mandated every two years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for all communities that receive federal funds for homelessness programs. Santa Monica began conducting a Homeless Count on an annual basis in 2010 in order to more rapidly identify and respond to homeless population trends.  

The 2014 Homeless Count took place on Wednesday, January 29. This event could not have taken place without the support of the community, including over 250 community volunteers and City staff who covered each street in Santa Monica!  

The 2014 Homeless Count Results (View Executive Summary)

The point-in-time homeless count found 742 individuals, a decrease from 780 (5%) in 2013.

  • The street count is 346, a decrease from 380 (9%) in 2013.
  • Within the street count, individuals sleeping in vehicles/encampments numbered 57, a decrease from 64 (11%) in 2013.
  • Shelter and institution population is 396, down slightly from 400 in 2013.

Key Findings

  • Zero families were observed on the street, which is a unique feature of the homeless population in Santa Monica
  • The downtown area saw a very significant 40% decrease (from 141 in 2013 to 86 in 2014), in the area between Ocean Avenue, Lincoln Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard and Pico Boulevard, including all of Palisades Park and the Pier. 

Results over the Years

The total homeless population was reduced by 5% from 2013. 

  • Unsheltered street homeless population is 289, a decrease of 9% from 2013.   
  • Individuals sleeping in vehicles numbered 57, a decrease of 11% from 2013.  
  • Shelter and institution population is 396, a reduction of 1% from 2013.
  • 2009 total = 915 
  • 2010 total = 742 (18.9% reduction from 2009)
  • 2011 total = 740 (sustained the reduction of previous years)
  • 2012 total = 769 (includes 19 individuals from 5 families participating in the new temporary Upward Bound House Winter Shelter Program)
  • 2013 total = 780 (remained stable from 2012)
  • 2014 total = 742 (5% reduction from 2013)

Read the presentation of findings  given to the Social Services Commission on February 24, 2014. 





The Santa Monica Homeless Count
  Santa Monica's Homeless Count 
  is conducted over one night in
  January. Staff from the City and
  service agencies team up with
  community volunteers to count
  the number of people sleeping on 
  every Santa Monica street.

  The Count is not possible without
  the support of our community!
  Contact Human Services Division 
  to find out how you can volunteer. 

City of Santa Monica © 2015

Human Services Division  l  1685 Main Street, Room 212  l  Santa Monica, CA 90401
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