For more than a decade, the IU Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) have collaborated with local organizations to conduct Marion County’s annual Pointin-Time (PIT) Count. As mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the PIT Count reports the number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. This report highlights key findings and takeaways from the PIT Count to inform policy decisions and service provision.
Key findings from the 2022 PIT Count report include:
- In 2022 there was a 9% decrease in Marion County's homeless population with 1,761 individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Unsheltered populations decreased by 23%.
- The rate of Black people in Marion County experiencing homelessness is disproportionately high compared to other homeless populations.
- Black individuals accounted for 56% of the homeless population, an increase from 54% in 2021.
- About 66% of homeless McKinney-Vento eligible students were Black, an increase from 59% in 2021.
- Eighty-two percent of people in families with minor children who were experiencing homelessness were Black.
- Homelessness among young people has continued to increase since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.