How many people are homeless in Houston, Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Montgomery County? How are Veterans, families, children, and other vulnerable populations affected by homelessness? The Coalition for the Homeless works to help answer these questions by conducting an annual Homeless Count & Survey.

Click here to sign up to participate in the 2017 Homeless Count
When registering, only homeless service organization staff members should register as surveyors.

2017 Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey
Dates:

  • Sheltered Count: Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Unsheltered Count: January 24, 25 & 26, 2017
  • Friday, January 27 will be held as a back-up date in the case of inclement weather.

Where: All of Houston, Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Montgomery County

  • January 24: Inside the 610 Loop
  • January 25: Harris County outside of the 610 Loop, east of Hardy Toll Road and Highway 288; and Montgomery County, east of I-45
  • January 28: Harris County outside of the 610 Loop, west of Hardy Toll Road and Highway 288; Montgomery County west of I-45; and all of Fort Bend County

Why we count:
The annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the local Continuum of Care (CoC) funding process, which brought more than $32 million to our area in the FY 2015 application process. This funding provides permanent housing (Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-housing), Transitional Housing, supportive services, and planning funds to our community to assist homeless persons with greater self-determination.

How we count:
The Homeless Count & Survey will follow the same methodology as was used in 2016. The night of the Count will be Monday, January 23, 2017. On this night, shelter data will be pulled from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), as well as sent in manually from organizations who do not participate in HMIS (such as Domestic Violence shelters). The data gathered on the night of January 23 will be used as the sheltered homeless count. The unsheltered count will take place over the following three days: January 24, 25 & 26, and will consist of specialized outreach teams that will conduct brief, conversational surveys with individuals who slept unsheltered on the night of January 23. Teams will meet at 6:00 am and will go out to Count & Survey at 7:00 am. Teams will canvass until their areas are complete.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Ana Rausch at arausch@homelesshouston.org or 832-531-6005.