The numbers below illustrate the problem of homelessness in Raleigh-Wake. The definition of homelessness varies by funding source. It can include “literal homelessness,” which means living in a shelter or transitional housing facility, fleeing domestic violence; living in an unsheltered location; doubled up with family/friends; and/or living in a hotel/motel.
Point-in-Time Count (PIT) Overall
Persons experiencing homelessness are youth between the ages of 18-24
A required activity for federal funding, the PIT Count provides an annual snapshot of literal homelessness for one night in January. The PIT Count describes literal homelessness; however, the PIT Count is only completed once per year; captures the number of people on one night only; and is generally recognized as an undercount.
Asian, American Indian, or Native Hawaiian
The majority (68%) of homeless persons in the PIT count identified as African-American. 65% of African-Americans experiencing homelessness were in emergency shelter, while 27% were in transitional housing, and 17% were unsheltered.
During the PIT count, 70% of males were sheltered and 30% were unsheltered. 85% of females were sheltered and 15% of males were unsheltered. All the Transgender persons were sheltered.
2018-2019* School Year
Also known as McKinney-Vento, this number is calculated annually at the end of an academic year. Currently, it is the only community estimate for the number of people experiencing homelessness in doubled-up situations and/or in hotels or motels. However, it is an annualized estimate. The end of the year total may include households who were homeless in October and found housing one month later. In addition, the McKinney-Vento number does not necessarily capture all household members experiencing homelessness. McKinney-Vento assistance is designed by the U.S. Department of Education to address the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness and ensure educational rights and protections.