Home > News

Homelessness increasing in Fort Worth area, count shows

Posted March 3, 2016

Archived Content Information and links provided may no longer be accurate.
homeless person against a wall

On the night of Jan. 28, more than 400 volunteers and about 100 members of law enforcement canvassed Tarrant and Parker counties to count the homeless population.

Their results showed there are 1,985 people experiencing homelessness, an increase of 71 people, or 3.7 percent. The homeless population continues to shrink as a percentage of the overall population and remains below 1 percent.

While homelessness on the western side of the Metroplex continues to be concentrated in Fort Worth, increases were identified this year in both Arlington and Parker County. Totals for 2016:

  • Fort Worth, 1,846, up 24 percent.
  • Arlington, 346, up 24 percent.
  • Parker County, 6, up 500 percent.
  • Northeast Tarrant, 113, down 24 percent.

The people enumerated on Count Night were predominately single (76 percent) and male (65 percent). While a majority were between the ages of 25 and 64, nearly a quarter were under 18.

The homeless population continues to be disproportionate to the overall population of Tarrant and Parker counties in terms of both race and ethnicity. For example, African-Americans make up 15 percent of the Tarrant County population, but 53 percent of the homeless population. Hispanics account for 27 percent of the Tarrant population, but 8 percent of the homeless community.

During the point-in-time count, 408 people were sleeping in places not intended for human habitation, an increase of 88 percent over the 2015 count. Partial explanations for the increase could include unseasonably warm weather on Count Night, improved reconnaissance and a dip in the number of people staying in emergency shelters.

Reasons people become homeless are many. This year, the three most often cited reasons among homeless men are:

  • Unemployment.
  • Inability to afford rent.
  • Addictions/substance abuse.

Among women:

  • Inability to afford rent.
  • Unemployment.
  • Family/personal illness.

View the full report online.

Get articles like this in your inbox weekly. Subscribe to City News

City News

Calendar

Walking Town Hall: 9:45 a.m. May 27, 2017; TCC South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive.
Register for this event »

Fort Worth Transportation Authority - Notice of Public Meeting and Public Hearing: noon May 30, 2017; lntermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street.
View the agenda »

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Retirement/Investment Commitee: 12:30 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
View the agenda »

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Operations Committee: 12:50 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
View the agenda »

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Finance Committee: 1 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building , 2400 Aviation Drive.
View the agenda »

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Concessions/Commercial Development Committee: 1:10 p.m. May 30, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
View the agenda »

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. May 30, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority - Notice of Public Meeting and Public Hearing: 5:30 p.m. May 30, 2017; lntermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street.
View the agenda »

Como Math & Science Night: 5:30 p.m. May 30, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Westridge Sidewalks Meeting: 6 p.m. May 30, 2017; Ridglea Presbyterian Church, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. May 30, 2017; CIty Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Fort Worth Advisory Commission on Ending Homelessness: 4 p.m. May 31, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Avenue.
View the agenda »

North Central Texas Council of Governments SH 199 Corridor Master Plan Open House: 6 p.m. May 31, 2017; River Oaks Community Center, 5300 Blackstone Drive.
View the agenda »

Candleridge Street Maintenance Meeting: 6 p.m. May 31, 2017; Southwest Recreation Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Rolling & Walking Town Hall: 6 p.m. May 31, 2017; To be determined.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors: 8:30 a.m. June 1, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
View the agenda »

Downtown Design Review Board Public Hearing: 2 p.m. June 1, 2017; City Hall, Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Joint Information Session: Fort Worth Business Plan Competition and KERNEL: 4:30 p.m. June 1, 2017; United Way of Tarrant County, 1500 North Main St, No.200.

Randol Mill Area Street Maintenance Meeting: 5:30 p.m. June 1, 2017; Pantego Bible Church, 8100 Anderson Blvd.

On the Wild Side: Gardening for Wildlife Water-Saving Seminar: 6 p.m. June 1, 2017; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Iris Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Register for this event »

Library Advisory Board: 6:30 p.m. June 1, 2017; Southwest Regional Branch Library, 4001 Library Lane.
View the agenda »

View the full city calendar.