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 2016 Point-in-Time Count

Naples and Collier County are among the most prosperous communities in Florida and the nation, however, many individuals and families are experiencing homelessness or at real risk of becoming homeless.

Most residents and visitors are unaware of the existence and scope of homelessness.  As these elderly persons, veterans, parents, children, and unaccompanied youth go about their daily lives, their homelessness is invisible.

Each year communities nationwide conduct a Point-in-Time count of homeless persons on a single night in January.  Collier County emergency and temporary shelter providers counted residents on the night of January 28, 2016.  A team of volunteers and social service agencies surveyed persons in Naples and Immokalee at soup kitchens, social service locations, and on the streets to count the unsheltered on the same night.

The Collier County Public Schools Homeless Liaison provided a count of students served by the office through the day of the count.

These statistics provide an estimate of the numbers and characteristics of individuals and families experiencing homelessness as a specific point in time.  For a summary of the results, download the 2016 Homeless Snapshot.

HUD Definition of Homeless

On December 5, 2012, HUD published the final rule on the Definition of Homelss in the Federal Register.  This definition went into effect on January 4, 2012.  The final rule establishes four categories under which an individual or family may qualify as homeless, including:

  1. Literally Homeless
  2. Imminent Risk of Homelessness
  3. Homeless under other Federal Statutes
  4. Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence

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