Community Service Center

Educate Yourself! - Homelessness

Homelessness is defined by the United States Federal Government as:

  1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
  2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is —
    1. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
    2. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
    3. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

There are different stages in homelessness. There is chronic homelessness which is defined as unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more, or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.

Here are some statistics regarding homelessness:


  • Here is the breakdown from the Ventura County Homlessness Count which list the amont of homless patrons of our community, but also the breakdown of who these patrons are (Veteran status, family status, youth, etc):
      • Camarillo: 27
      • Fillmore: 13
      • Moorpark : 9
      • Ojai: 43
      • Oxnard: 645
      • Port Hueneme: 17
      • Santa Paula: 34
      • Simi Valley: 211
      • Thousand Oaks: 121
      • Ventura: 519
      • Unincorporated Area: 135
      • Total Number of Homless people in Ventura County: 1,774

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According to, there are 633,782 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Of that number, 239,403 are in families and 394,379 are individuals.

  • 56 percent of homeless people counted were living in shelters and transitional housing and, shockingly, 44 percent were unsheltered.
  • 59 percent of homeless people counted were single adults and 41 percent were persons living in families.
  • 13 percent of homeless adults, 62,619 are veterans
  • 16 percent of homeless people were reported as chronically homeless, which, according to HUD’s definition, means that they are homeless for long periods or repeatedly and have a disability.
  • A number of states had high rates of homelessness, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington State. In addition, Washington, DC had a high rate of homeless people.

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  • Nearly 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year, according to The National Coalition for the Homeless, findings from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the Urban Institute, and the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers.
  • The National Coalition for the Homeless cites two tendencies for the increase in homelessness over the last quarter of the century. The first is an increasing "shortage of affordable rental housing.” The second, operating concurrently, is an "increase in poverty" and a "complex set of circumstances" that force people to make difficult choices "between food, shelter and other basic needs.”