Spot survey finds sharp decline in chronically homeless population

At the individual city level, Tulare is one of the few cities to have seen an increase in homelessness, not to mention one of the largest increases in homelessness since 2012. Tulare has seen an increase of 109% over the past decade according to the report with 212 people reporting this year. In 2018, the city reported 115 homeless people, an increase of 84% between 2018 and 2022. The city peaked in 2015 from 83 people to 135. The number dropped in 2016 to 108 people and n has stopped growing since then.

At the opposite end of the spectrum for Tulare, the chronically homeless trend reported a decrease of 57 people since 2020. Of the 212, half said they had a disability, seven are veterans and 147 are men. 30% of homeless people are between 45 and 54 years old and 27% between 35 and 44 years old.

As Tulare saw a huge spike in people experiencing homelessness, with the help of City Manager Marc Mondell, the city devised a tentative plan for an emergency homeless shelter. The city is currently waiting to receive a rental agreement from the county for the desired property for the shelter. Once an agreement between the county and the city is reached, the city can initiate the first of three phases of emergency homeless housing plans.

The shelter is expected to be located at the County’s Hillman Campus located on Bardsley Avenue. The first phase will be a temporary camp phase. The city is calling the second phase the relay shelter phase, moving on to the third phase which will include the final support equipment.