How many people are homeless in Woodland?

The most current Point-In-Time study of homeless in Yolo County took place on January 23, 2017. The number of homeless individuals in Woodland counted at that time was 131, the lowest number in the last eight years.  

However, most believe that this count underestimates the number of sheltered and unsheltered people living in Woodland. Over the past ten months, the City of Woodland’s Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) of the Woodland Police completed 582 field interviews of homeless individuals. Some individuals were interviewed on more than one occasion.  However, 285 of those interviews were found to be unique individuals. 

The Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) study takes place every two years on one given night in January. Required by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for those communities that receive federal funding, only those individuals meeting the federal definition of homelessness can be included in the count. The federal definition of homelessness includes individuals who are living in places not meant for human habitation; living in an emergency shelter; living in transitional housing; or staying in a motel paid for by a public or private agency.

Each count is comprised of two categories: those sheltered and those unsheltered. In 2017, the number of unsheltered individuals in Woodland was 51; the number of sheltered individuals was 80. Previous numbers of sheltered and unsheltered individuals are shown in Table 1 below.


Point in Time/Year  

2009 – 145

2011 – 151

2013 – 186

2015 – 192

2017 – 131

Table 1 Point in time Homeless Count

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1. How many people are homeless in Woodland?
2. What is Woodland doing to solve the issue of homelessness?
3. What are the Police doing to enforce the laws regarding illegal camping and drug-related activity?
4. What are the City’s plans for people who spend their days at Freeman Park once the Park is closed for construction?
5. What are the best practices to helping those living homeless?
6. Is there a “silver bullet” to solving homelessness?
7. Do public costs associated with individuals and families who are homeless increase or decrease when housed?
8. Are there any opportunities for those living homeless to transition into the workforce?
9. What is the PIT Count?
10. What are other cities in Yolo County doing to address homelessness?