Homelessness—Statistics

Statistics on homelessness in Tucson and Pima County can vary widely. Below are some statistics from valid sources.

The 2013 Annual Report of Homelessness in Arizona showed that there were 7,590 Pima County residents who were homeless at some time during the year. In 2013, approximately 27 percent of the state's homeless population lived in Pima County, compared to 35 percent in 2012.

In subsequent years, the homeless population of Pima County has continued to decline. In 2014, 23 percent of the state's homeless population lived in Pima County. This number dropped further in 2015 to 16 percent (or 6,053 individuals) and is now no longer disproportionate to the County's population as Pima County is home to 15% of Arizona's total population.

The 2015 Annual Report on Homelessness in Arizonaopens a new window (PDF) by the Department of Economic Security.

The 2014 Annual Report on Homelessness in Arizonaopens a new window (PDF) by the Department of Economic Security.

The 2013 Annual Report on Homelessness in Arizonaopens a new window (PDF) by the Department of Economic Security.

Source:

Kent, Jackie, Report: Homeless Numbers Drop in Pima Countyopens a new window. Tucson News Now. January 21, 2014.


Older statistics on homelessness in Tucson:

In 2008 an estimated 3,131 Tucsonans were homeless up from 2,580 in 2006. (These statistics are from the Tucson Planning Council for the homeless.)
— "Tucson homeless count starts at 5 a.m. Wednesday."  Tucson Citizen. January 27, 2009. Page A4.

A count of the number of homeless individuals in Tucson, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Catalina, and Marana on the morning of January 30, 2007. The number of homeless inviduals was 1,079.
—"Homeless numbers in area up sharply." Arizona Daily Star. February 4, 2007. Page B1.

In a January 2007 Homelessness Counts, a national report on homelessness published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, reported a 2005 figure of 2,378 as the number of homeless individuals in Tucson.
National Alliance to End Homelessnessopens a new window


Organizations

Habitat for Humanity-Tucson opens a new window
3501 N. Mountain Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-326-1217
info@habitattucson.org
Contactopens a new window

Primavera Foundationopens a new window
702 S. 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-623-5111
Contactopens a new window

National Coalition for the Homelessopens a new window
2201 P St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20037
202-462-4822
info@nationalhomeless.org


Definitions of Terms

Chronically homeless:  Those who are homeless for a year or longer with frequent and long spells in the homeless assistance system. 

Episodically homeless: Those who use the homeless assistance system intermittently and for short periods.

Temporarily homeless: Those with one short spell of homelessness who are not seen again by the homeless assistance system. 
 

Source:

"An end to homelessness?" Tucson Citizen.  July 6, 2006. Page 1.


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