2012 Homeless Enumeration
3,824 people unsheltered
3,532 people in shelters
1,412 homeless people in Harris County Jail
8,768 people homeless in one night
Houston's most recent data from the point in time count of homelessness is available for you to review. Click here to read.
Many thanks to the efforts of more than 500 volunteers, service providers, people who have experienced homelessness, and funders who spent two nights in January driving through Harris and Fort Bend counties to count people who were sleeping outside, in abandoned buildings, and cars and reporting how many people were sleeping in shelters and jail. This information is valuable in planning for the housing and services to end homelessness in our community.
Who Counts as Homeless?
In our community, we know that there is an unacceptably large amount of people who have nowhere to live. Some have not had a house or apartment for decades, some might spend just a few nights in a car or shelter then find housing, some are on the brink of losing housing or doubled up.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has revised the definitions of homeless that are used for housing funded by HUD. To learn more about what makes someone considered "at-risk of homelessness," "literally homeless," or "chronically homeless," see HUD's summary chart
Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness Update
Texas Homeless Network's Conference on Ending Homelessness is fast-approaching! September 26 - 28 in Houston
- Visit to Homeless Court followed by a Q&A with the judge
- Advocacy Panel Discussion with One Voice Texas
- Tour of US VETS and the Michael E. DeBakey Drop-in and Joint Service Center
- Off-site tours of housing programs including New Hope Housing and Harmony House
- 2012 Houston Homeless Count
- SOAR discussion on getting applications approved
- ETHICS for licensed providers
- and more!