Volunteers To Count Houston’s Homeless Population

The annual count provides data on the size and demographics of the area’s homeless population.

homeless in line waiting for shleter to openPeople in line waiting for a shelter to open.

The homeless population has been steadily declining for years, but there is still work to be done. Marilyn Brown is with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County. She says the annual count helps the group learn how effective programs are.

“It really works as an overall snapshot which can serve as a good measure of the success, or not, of the strategies that we’ve been implementing over the year,” she says.

The annual count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It helps determine how much funding local programs get. Brown says even though Houston’s homeless population has declined, it’s important to maintain their efforts.

“As we continue to make progress, the good news is our resources are staying steady to make sure that the progress sticks,” Brown says.

Last year, the group counted 5,351 homeless individuals. Figures from the 2015 count are expected to be released this summer.


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