COMMUNITY PROGRESS AND THE ONGOING NEED
SEARCH is a major contributor to our community’s efforts to address homelessness through our role as a leader and key partner in The Way Home, an ambitious community-wide effort of more than 100 homeless service providers and public agencies with a collective goal of ending homelessness in Houston. Just ten years ago, Houston had one of the highest homeless populations in the country. Today, through the efforts of SEARCH and our partners in The Way Home, Houston has reduced homelessness by 64%, housed more than 25,000 individuals and families, and become a model for the rest of the nation in how to address this challenging humanitarian issue.
Although Houston has made great strides in reducing homelessness, the need is still great. Over the course of a year, more than 30,000 people access assistance through Houston’s homeless services system. According to the recently released homeless count for 2022, there were 3,223 people experiencing homelessness in Houston on the night of the count, more than 1,500 of whom were living on the streets. In addition, we are starting to see the long-term impacts of the pandemic on our homeless population. According to the count, one out of eight people experiencing unsheltered homelessness indicated they were homeless because of the pandemic.