County of Marin - Press Releases - Point in Time Homeless Count

For Immediate Release
October 07, 2013

Number of Homeless in Marin Declines, but Risk Increases

Final results from the 2013 Point in Time Homeless Count reveal a decrease in the number of homeless people in Marin County but an increase in the risk of becoming homeless.

The 2013 Point in Time Homeless Count was conducted by Marin County Health and Human Services in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers. The biennial countywide, one-day census was a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness and those who are at risk of losing their housing. 

The results indicated a decline in homelessness from 1,220 in 2011 to 933 in 2013, but the number of people at risk of becoming homeless increased 5 percent from 2011 to 2013.

While the data suggests that we have turned a corner in addressing homelessness in Marin, there is still much more work to be done,” said Sparkie Spaeth, Community Health and Prevention Services Director. 

Preliminary count results were released in April 2013.  2013 results reported the average age for respondents was 40 years old, 58 percent surveyed were male and 48 percent of respondents were from San Rafael. A full report detailing final count results is available at


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Health and Human Services

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