These are based on the US Census American Community Survey poverty numbers. These are estimates based on the number of people living in poverty (the higher the number, the higher percentage falling into poverty). These are based on the broader Dept of Education numbers and not the silly HUD definition of homelessness used by the shelters. These have nothing to do with the January Count that the County and HUD release. Those numbers have no basis in fact. At this same time of this graph, we have lost 350 beds of shelter which makes it difficult to serve everyone who comes to the door. We have seen increases in families who become homeless and single women. These numbers can be found for each year on our Research Section of our website under "Overall Numbers" for each year. This gives further explanation of the definition and methodology.