Factors contributing to homelessness in our area are generally the same as those in other areas of the U.S.

Triggers for homelessness in this area during 2011 and 2012 are shown in the chart below. (insert Triggers of Homelessness chart, truncating the list below entry #8 – Changes in family status; rename chart to Major Triggers of Homelessness in the Houston Area)

As you can see, economic conditions are currently playing a large role, with “loss of job” forming the largest category.

In addition, according to the 2012 Needs Assessment Report and 2012 Point In Time Enumeration:

  • Nearly 50% of homeless persons here reported receiving no income, whether from employment, earned income, veterans or disability benefits or other similar sources.
  • 34% of people living on the streets were categorized as chronically homeless.
  • More than 25% of homeless persons here reported “the street” as the place they stayed the longest during the last 12 months.