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Houston homeless population down nearly 40%

homelessHOUSTON, TX – As tough as it is for the homeless to survive the streets, in Houston, the number of homeless people is on the decline.

According to Marilyn Brown, the President and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County, Houston’s homeless population is down nearly 40% since 2011.

To put that in perspective, it means we have over 3,000 fewer homeless people either wandering the streets or in shelters than there were in 2011.

How did it happen? The Houston Coalition for the Homeless has helped to provide more access to permanent housing.

Houston still has over 5,000 homeless on the streets and in shelters, so clearly more work is needed. The Houston Coalition for the Homeless  has a goal to make sure their system is such that no one needs to be homeless for longer than 30 days.

It’s a great start and the coalition certainly seems to be on track to achieve their goal.

While a lot of the homeless march to the beat of their own drum, at the end of the day they all need a place to rest their heads.