June Heading Home Hennepin Newsletter: PIT Results are in



June 2022

Heading Home Hennepin Newsletter

In this issue:

  • 2022 Point In Time Count Results
  • Calling for presenters to present at community meeting

  • Public Housing Waitlists opening in June
  • Career opportunities 

2022 Point In Time Count results

Every year communities across the United States conduct the point-in-time (PIT) count to better understand the depth and breadth of homelessness in their community.  The PIT Count has limitations but provides a snapshot of homelessness and allows comparison from one year to the next. This year the PIT count took place on January 26th, 2022.

View the 2022 PIT Summary Report


PIT Count shows decrease in total number of people experiencing homelessness

2,191 people were staying in shelters and transitional housing programs and 487 people were living unsheltered in Hennepin County according to the 2022 PIT Count. That compares to 2,407 and 642 in 2020, the last time the count was taken, and 3,058 and 357 when the count started in 2005.  

The decrease in the number of people experiencing homelessness was seen across all household types, with the biggest decrease occurring in family households.  Family households experiencing homelessness decreased by 68 (a 9% decrease from 2020) and 244 people (a 22% decrease from 2020) down to 940 people in 268 families across Hennepin.  Single adults also saw a decrease, down to 1720 people in 2022 from 1794 in 2020, a 4% decrease.

PIT Count Total households


Homelessness by settings

Similar decreases were seen in the number of people staying in Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, and staying in places not meant for human habitation (unsheltered).  1645 people were in an emergency shelter on the night of the 2022 PIT, a decrease of 151 people, or 8% from 2021.  In transitional housing, 546 people stayed on the night of the PIT, a decrease of 24 people, or 4% from 2021.  487 people were counted in the unsheltered PIT count this year, a decrease from 2020, the last time an unsheltered count took place in Hennepin (an unsheltered count did not take place in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic).


22 PIT Count Results


Homelessness broken-down by populations

Finally, decreases continued to present in subpopulations experiencing homelessness including a 18.4% decrease in the number of people identified as chronically homeless (580 in 2022 from 711 in 2020); a 25% decrease in the number of adults diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness (450 in 2022 from 598 in 2020); and a 3% decrease in the number of adults with chemical health conditions (250 in 2022 from 260 in 2020). 

PIT subpopulation

We are incredibly thankful for all of the work our partners in the community have done to contribute to these positive outcomes in Hennepin. View the 2022 PIT Summary Report

Stay connected: 2022 Point in Time count | Hennepin County and Continuum of Care partnership to end homelessness | Hennepin County

Calling for presenters to present at community meeting

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Hennepin County, on behalf of the Hennepin Continuum of Care, will be hosting an annual community meeting on July 19th, 2022 for homeless sector stakeholders. The intention of the meeting is to bring together housing and service providers, advocates, elected officials, cross sector partners, and people who’ve experienced homelessness.


Looking for presenters

In preparation for the event, we are seeking proposals to present 45 minute sessions to attendees. We are looking for presentations that can provide practical, proven, or promising practices that make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. 

If you are interested in presenting, please fill out the Request for presenters survey. If you have questions, please reach out to Eric.Richert@hennepin.us. 

Public Housing Waitlists opening in June

Metro HRA to Open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List Lottery June 22-28

Wait List Opens: Wednesday, June 22 at 9:00 am

Wait List Closes: Tuesday, June 28 at Noon 

The Metro HRA will place 2,000 applicants on the waiting list through a random drawing from all applications received.

HousingLink: Metro HRA Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List Lottery



St Louis Park Housing Authority to Open 1 BR Public Housing Wait List June 13-20

Wait List Opens: Monday, June 13 at 10:00 am

Wait List Closes: Monday, June 20 at 4:00 pm  

The Housing Authority will complete a random drawing for waiting list placement.

HousingLink: St Louis Park Housing Authority - One Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List



Career Opportunities:


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