For the first time in five years, the number of homeless individuals counted in Indianapolis has dipped below 1,600, to 1,567, a 7% decrease from 2018’s count. The report also indicates a drop in the number of families experiencing homelessness and a nearly 40% drop in chronic homelessness.
Counts from the previous five years help illustrate that Indianapolis' homeless population is constantly in flux. At the beginning of 2018, there were 1,682 homeless individuals living in the city, compared to 1,783 in 2017; 1,619 in 2016; 1,666 in 2015 and 1,897 in 2014. For the last two years, the city has also conducted a youth and young adult count, focusing specifically on those 25 and younger that are experiencing homelessness. The youth count is not federally mandated, but it is an emerging best practice.