A Point in Time Study from the University of Nebraska's Center on Children, Families and the Law found that on January 25, 2012, 981 homeless people were counted during a 24-hour period.
"The 981 is a count of the sheltered and non-sheltered that we were able to identify," said Jeff Chambers of the Center on Children, Families and the Law.
The study shows it was the highest number the survey has ever recorded.
"We did identify that this year we've seen an increase in the number of homeless veterans over what we've seen in previous years," said Chambers.
Pastor Tom Barber of the People's City Mission believes the number should be even higher.
"We know that the number is a lot bigger, but at least it's something tangible to say we know this for sure '900 and something homeless people' but I'm guessing the numbers are more like a couple thousand probably here in the city," said Barber.
"Our most recent annual report identified 3,568 homeless persons over a course of one year," said Chambers.
That is an annual number from 2011. Experts say they expect the total for 2012 will be higher.