Group to Release Update on Homeless Population

Houston's homeless problem has been considered in decline for a couple of years running. At least the stronghold that is downtown is reportedly showing a thinning of the homeless population.

With around 8,000 homeless people living on the streets, it's still hard to tell if that's the case.

Read: Houston's Hidden Homeless Live Under Bridges, in the Shadows, Out of Sight and Mind

The nonprofit agency Coalition for the Homeless of Houston will release this week the latest numbers from a homelessness count around the Bayou City and Harris County conducted January 30.

The count was completed with the help of around 500 volunteers and the support of the University of Texas School of Public Health and the Houston Department of Health and Human Services.

Our most recent information indicates that on a given night there are approximately 8,768 homeless persons in our area, including 3,824 people living unsheltered, 3,532 living in sheltered facilities, and 1,412 in the Harris County Jail.

The count is an HUD requirement for government funding.

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