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Houston’s Homeless Population Continues To Decline

The city has seen a 46 percent decrease in homelessness since 2011.

This story was updated from a previous version.

 

The city’s homeless population has seen a steady decline for four years in a row.

This year’s total comes in at 4,609. That’s about a thousand less than last year.

Hundreds of volunteers turned out to count Houston’s homeless population in January. The annual event is mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It affects the level of funding the city receives for homeless assistance programs.

Marilyn Brown is president of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County. She says the drop in the homeless population is thanks to a partnership between government agencies and service providers around the region.

“By focusing people and the agencies on helping the folks they were best prepared to help, we are also able to guide people out of their homelessness,” Brown says.

While that population is declining, Brown says the work isn’t over. The coalition wants to see an end to chronic homelessness.

“Our ultimate goal, by 2020, no one will have to be without permanent housing for longer than 30 days.” 

The findings come just after Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced a milestone in reducing the homeless veteran population. Parker has committed to ending chronic homelessness in the city by 2016.  

 

 

<a href=”http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2096785/2015-homeless-count-executive-summary-final.pdf”>2015 Homeless Count Executive Summary Final (PDF)</a>

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<a href=”http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2096785/2015-homeless-count-executive-summary-final.txt”>2015 Homeless Count Executive Summary Final (Text)</a>

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