New numbers are in, and there’s been a 29% drop in homelessness in the city since 2011. That includes those on the streets and in shelters.
It’s all thanks in part to a big shifting of gears.
President and CEO of the Coalition for the Homeless in Houston and Harris County, Marilyn Brown, said, “What we’ve done is actually change the mentality of all of the agencies working in the area of homelessness to move from managing homelessness to ending homelessness.”
There’s many reasons why people find themselves without a place to live, and that’s where ending the problem begins.
“The solutions to homelessness are varied and are matched with the cause of the homelessness in the first place,” said Brown.
So for the past several years, homeless service providers like the Coalition have been working toward helping people move into permanent housing.
“It’s more than a meal, it’s more than a bed for the night,” said Brown.
But the fight is not over. There are still 6,300 homeless people in Houston. At least now there’s hope we’re moving in the right direction.