In 2010, Houston ranked in the top 10 cities for numbers of people experiencing homelessness. In the years since, Houston developed a systems approach to solving this complex problem and has been so successful in reducing homelessness that we’ve become a model for the rest of the nation. And SEARCH has played a major role in that success.
SEARCH continues to play a leading role in The Way Home, Houston’s community-wide action plan to end homelessness. Thanks to unprecedented collaboration among homeless service providers, public agencies, and philanthropic leaders, along with major investments in supportive housing, our community has made great progress. From 2011 – 2017, Houston has reduced overall homelessness in our community by 60%.
Despite our great progress, homelessness in our community remains an urgent issue. On any given day, approximately 3,400 individuals in Houston experience the trauma of homelessness. Over the course of a year, 36,000 individuals in our community will experience homelessness. It is unacceptable that so many in our community must live on the streets or in shelters. SEARCH and our community partners have accomplished a great deal and made significant progress, but there is much work still to be done.