Houston’s Homeless Population Decreases As More Placed In Permanent Housing

New report indicates chronically homeless population has significantly decreased in two years.


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Two years ago during a State of the City speech, Houston Mayor Annise Parker promised to reduce the city’s homeless population.

Now, she’s announcing a follow-through on that promise.

“I’m proud to announce that through our initiatives, we have successfully placed more than 1,400 chronically homeless and at-risk individuals into safe and stable permanent supportive housing.”

Parker says the annual homeless count, conducted by the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County also indicates an overall decrease in the number of people living on the streets downtown.

“The preliminary numbers we have for downtown show that we have decreased the number of chronically homeless individuals living on the streets of downtown Houston by 30 percent in just one year.”

And the numbers reflect a 50 percent decrease in the downtown homeless population over the past two years.

Parker attributes much of that to the effort to provide housing and social services to more than 1,000 homeless veterans.


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Laurie Johnson

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Laurie Johnson leads daily news coverage for HPM. She helps reporters craft and sharpen their stories on tight deadlines, with the aim of getting the most relevant and current information into local newscasts. Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. She is...

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