The numbers below illustrate the problem of homelessness in Wake County. 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 (67%) of homeless persons in the PIT count identified as African-American. 46% of African-Americans experiencing homelessness were in emergency shelter, while 10% were in transitional housing, and 44% were unsheltered.
Hispanic / Latino
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.