Homeless count expected to rise due to Coronavirus
Every year, volunteers canvas Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties in an effort to count the homeless. While the process is not exacting due to daily fluctuating numbers and the large area, this Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Survey coordinated by Coalition for the Homeless on behalf of The Way Home relays important information to the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding the effectiveness of homeless programs in our areas.
While the count remained stable from 2019 to 2020, because it took place in January 2020, it does not encompass the impact of the pandemic.
Our concern is the potential increase in homelessness due to loss of income during the past few months. Do you know what qualifies a person as homeless? The graphic below details the definition of being homeless. We will need to address the influx of new homeless in the coming months and will need your help in doing so.