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.

Who becomes homeless in greater Fort  Worth

Gender
56% are men or boys
37% are women or girls
 
Child homelessness
14% are children
 
Family homelessness
20% are members of homeless families
 
Veterans
8% are veterans
 
Domestic violence and homelessness
5% are victims of domestic violence
 
Chronic homelessness
14% are chronically homeless (The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines chronic homelessness as: “an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more, OR (2) an unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.”
 
Mental illness & substance abuse
18% of people experiencing homelessness self-reported mental illness or substance abuse
 
Source: 2018 Tarrant County Homeless Coalition “State of the Homeless” address

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