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 WorthGender
56% are men or boys
37% are women or girls
14% are children
20% are members of homeless families
8% are veterans
Domestic violence and homelessness
5% are victims of domestic violence
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