Montgomery County officials recently released the 2023 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count, which has identified more than 350 individuals sleeping in the county’s emergency shelters, transitional housing sites, or outdoors.
This figure marks a 37 percent decrease from the 2022 count, which reflects a change in how the count was conducted. This year’s methodology includes targeted and intentional outreach to community leaders with local knowledge of those experiencing homelessness.
According to officials, the 2023 count is more accurate and comprehensive than it has been in years past.
“We have made progress overall in bringing the number of unhoused people down over the years, but it is completely and morally unacceptable to find more than 100 of our fellow citizens living without a roof over their heads,” Montgomery County Board of Commissioners’ Chair Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr. said. “We need to work together at all levels of government, including with our municipal partners, to ensure we more fully address this issue.”
Volunteers surveyed areas in and around Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bridgeport, Cheltenham, King of Prussia, Lansdale, Lower Merion, Norristown, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Royersford, Souderton, and Willow Grove; however, unsheltered individuals were encountered throughout the county.
For more details and the County’s official announcement, you can click here.