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Homelessness decreasing slightly in Fort Worth area

Posted March 24, 2017

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On the night of Jan. 26, more than 500 volunteers and about 100 members of law enforcement canvassed Tarrant and Parker counties to count the homeless population.

Their results showed there are 1,924 people experiencing homelessness, a decrease of 14 people, or 0.7 percent, from 2016. The homeless population continues to shrink as a percentage of the overall population, and remains below 1 percent.

“It was a small decrease, but it was a decrease nonetheless,” said Otis Thornton, executive director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. “For those 14 people whose homelessness ended over the last year, it’s a great accomplishment.”

Homelessness on the western side of the Metroplex continues to be concentrated in Fort Worth, with smaller totals counted in surrounding suburbs and rural areas.

Totals for 2017

  • Fort Worth: 1,594 (Up from 1,484).
  • Arlington: 252 (Down from 333).
  • Parker County: 12 (Up from six).
  • Northeast Tarrant: 66 (Down from 115).

The homeless population counted in January was evenly split between African-Americans and whites. Sixty-two percent were men, 38 percent women. There were 186 homeless vets counted, a 9 percent decrease.

There were 190 families counted, a 4 percent increase.

During the point-in-time count, 319 people were sleeping in places not intended for human habitation, down from the 2016 count.

The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition’s full report is available online.

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