Who becomes homeless?

 

More than 2,000 people are homeless in Tarrant County at any given time.

1 in 5 is a child.

Homelessness is a complex problem with many causes.

 In Texas, these include one of the nation’s highest rates of people who are uninsured, one of the nation’s lowest investments in mental health treatment, one of the lowest minimum wages in the U.S., and one of the highest rates of incarceration. These and other factors leave many people at risk of homelessness.

In the greater Fort Worth area, the leading causes of homelessness are unemployment and inability to afford rising housing costs, according to the 2017 Community Briefing on Homelessness Report.

Who becomes homeless in greater Fort  Worth

Gender

62% are men or boys

38% are women or girls

Age

21% are children

5% are ages 18-24

74% are ages 25-62 (41% of people served by the DRC in 2015 were age 50 or older)

 

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