On Friday, July 29th, Baltimore City released its 2022 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count Report based on a survey of people experiencing both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness on a single night on February 26, 2022.
Altogether, 1,597 people were counted in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and unsheltered spaces, down from 2,193 people in 2020. The City’s reduced numbers follow a four-year downward trend.
Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott discussed his administration’s commitment to reducing homelessness in a press release:
‘Through the use of Federal Emergency Solutions Grant – COVID-19 (ESG-CV) funding, we were able to add more than 160 additional housing options for neighbors to exit homelessness. These non-congregate spaces were critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 among this vulnerable population,’ said Mayor Scott. ‘We have committed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to continue this downward trend and follow through on our commitments to our residents by making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.’
The PIT Count Report was a joint project between the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) and the Baltimore Continuum of Care (CoC), a U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program committed to making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Baltimore City. Findings from the report will help the City identify and connect individuals, families, and youth experiencing homelessness to much-needed housing and support services.
The full 2022 PIT Count Report is available on the MOHS Website.