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Homelessness increasing slightly in Fort Worth area, count shows

Posted March 30, 2018

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On the night of Jan. 25, hundreds of volunteers and members of law enforcement canvassed Tarrant and Parker counties to count the homeless population.

Their results showed there are 2,015 people experiencing homelessness, an increase of 91 people, or 5 percent, from 2017. The homeless population continues to shrink as a percentage of the overall population and remains below 1 percent of the total Tarrant County population.

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 2018:

  • Fort Worth, 1,787, up from 1,594.
  • Arlington, 207, down from 252.
  • Parker County, 8, down from 12.
  • Northeast Tarrant, 13, down from 66.

Other facts about the homeless population counted in January:

  • 56 percent were male.
  • 44 percent were white.
  • 14 percent were children.
  • 20 percent were families.
  • 8 percent were military veterans.
  • 14 percent suffer from chronic homelessness.
  • 18 percent suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.
  • 5 percent were the victims of domestic violence.

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