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Houston Leads the Nation in Reducing Homelessness

Houston Leads the Nation in Reducing Homelessness

Only eight years ago, Houston had one of the largest homeless populations in the country. Today, we have been so successful in reducing our homeless population that Houston has become a model for the rest of the nation in how to address this challenging societal issue. While other major cities have struggled to make a dent in their homeless populations, Houston has cut our homeless population by more than half.

According to the recently released results from the Coalition for the Homeless’ annual point-in-time count for 2019, there were 3,938 individuals experiencing homelessness in the Greater Houston area. While this represents only a small decrease from the previous year’s count of 4,143, this year’s result also represents an incredible 54% reduction in overall homelessness since 2011. We also were pleased to see the numbers back on a downward trend after the 2018 count showed the first increase in seven years, due in large part to the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Comparing Homeless Counts

This tremendous progress is due to the cumulative efforts of SEARCH and our numerous partners in The Way Home, a community-wide collaborative effort to end homelessness in Houston. In addition:

  • More than 17,000 homeless individuals have been housed through The Way Home since 2012.
  • As a community, we have placed 6,817 veterans and 5,216 chronically homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing since 2012.
  • An additional 4,084 individuals have been placed into homes through Rapid Rehousing since that program started in January 2015.

SEARCH is proud to have been a major contributor to these successes.

*Please click here for more information about the 2019 Point-In-Time Homeless Count.

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