Gearing up for the 2016 Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey!

Jan 20, 2016  |  at 10:21 am  |  by sbrown

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Staff from the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and The Way Home partner agencies, as well as community volunteers will conduct the annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey from Monday, January 25 through Thursday, January 28. The 2016 Count & Survey will identify the number of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals across Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County through a more comprehensive “deep dive” effort. In past years the Count was conducted on a single evening. Coalition President & CEO Marilyn Brown is hopeful about the outcomes of this year’s Count & Survey, given the progress made over the past 4 years.

“We’ve come a long way in Houston towards helping our neighbors move off of our streets, out of our shelters, and into permanent housing. In 2015, on a given night, there were 4,609 total sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the Houston area, compared with 8,538 identified in 2011 (a 46% decrease) and 5,351 identified in 2014 (a 14% decrease). We are so close to ending chronic homelessness and this expanded methodology will provide us not only with numbers, but with names, and the detailed data we need to help connect each person with their path out of homelessness,” said Brown of the look back and the work ahead.

For more information, click here to read the full press release.