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While the exact number of people without homes on any given night fluctuates, 556 people were unhoused on the night of the 2024 Homeless Count, which is the same number as in 2023.

Who is Counted.

The Pasadena Homeless Count is a one-day count and survey of people living outdoors and in temporary shelters. The homeless count is one of the many tools used to measure the scope of homelessness in Pasadena, tracking trends, identifying disparities, and contributing to regional, state, and national data. 

Unsheltered Count

The unsheltered count involves professional outreach workers and volunteers canvassing the city to count and survey people sleeping outdoors in unsheltered locations.

Sheltered Count

The sheltered count includes people staying in faciliity-based emergency shelters, seasonal shelters, motels, and transitional housing, with data collected via the City's homeless service database.

Stable Count,
Evolving Landscape

While the number of people experiencing homelessness in Pasadena remains at 556, there were notable shifts among those who are unhoused. Chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness have decreased, while first-time homelessness and the number of domestic violence survivors have increased.


Long-time Residents Without  Homes

More than half (56%) of surveyed unsheltered individuals called Pasadena home before losing housing and were residents for an average of 22 years.



A total of 410 people experiencing homelessness in 2023 found permanent homes. This success marks a significant increase from previous years. New programs, such as The Salvation Army’s Hope Center, contributed to a 32% rise in the number of people housed.

Progress in Addressing Chronic Homelessness

For the first time in six years, the share of unhoused people experiencing chronic homelessness fell below 50%.

Downward Trend in Veteran Homelessness

The 2023 spike in veteran homelessness reversed in 2024, with the number falling by 20% from 40 in 2023 to 32 in 2024.

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Rise in Hispanic & Latino Homelessness.

Hispanic & Latino people now comprise close to half of the unhoused population, compared to 35% of Pasadenans.* This recent surge mirrors national trends, with a 26% increase in LA County from 2020 to 2022.

Increases in homelessness among Hispanic & Latino communities are driven by economic disparities, rising housing costs, systemic barriers, and the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Job Loss

Hispanic & Latino people experiencing homelessness are significantly impacted by job loss, with 31% attributing it as a contributing factor compared to 24% of all unhoused individuals.


Newly Unhoused

A higher proportion of Hispanic & Latino people experiencing homelessness are newly unhoused, with 26% falling into this category compared to 16% of the general population.



Hispanic & Latino people experiencing homelessness are more likely to be part of families, with 15% belonging to family households compared to 7% of the overall unhoused population.

Systemic racism continues to impact homelessness.

In Pasadena, Black people make up 8% of the population but 27% of those experiencing homelessness. This pattern isn't unique to Pasadena. In LA County, Black people comprise 8% of the population and 32% of the unhoused. Nationally, they represent 12% of the population but 37% of those without housing. These statistics highlight a significant and widespread disparity.

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The homelessness crisis cannot be resolved without acknowledging that homes are what solve homelessness.

Homelessness Plan

The Pasadena Partnership Homelessness Plan was approved by the Continuum of Care Board in February 2024, marking a milestone in our work to combat homelessness. This comprehensive plan is a culmination of rigorous efforts aimed at making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Pasadena Partnership

The Pasadena Partnership is the primary planning entity coordinating resources to end homelessness in our community. Our mission is simple but powerful: housing first. We believe that providing a stable home is the foundation for better health, education, and economic opportunities. 

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