As of January 2011, the last documented homeless point-in-time count, it was estimated that there was over 2,300 homeless individuals in Austin/Travis County on any given night.
(Note: The nature of a point-in-time count means that it will always be an undercount, only a fraction of the number of individuals that suffer from homelessness during the course of a year will be captured due to the survey methodology.)
In January 2011, there were 217 homeless households with children, a total of 662 individuals, living in Austin in 2011 - representing 28% of the total homeless population.
AISD estimates that between 3,000 to 5,000 of their students are homeless (Austin Independent School District - Homeless Education Learning Program -Project HELP)
21% of the homeless population (501 individuals) in Austin suffer from severe mental illness, and 33% (781 individuals) suffer from chronic substance abuse.
As of April 2012, there was a housing shortage of 353 beds in transitional housing and 1251 in permanent supportive housing in Austin.