Report: Abilene homeless numbers down from 2018

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Overall homelessness is down in Abilene, according to an annual survey.

Abilene Hope Haven says after conducting an annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count, in which sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons are counted on a single night in January, the overall number of homeless people in Abilene has decreased from 2018.

The PIT found 206 total homeless people, including 120 unsheltered, down from 137 in 2018; and 86 sheltered, down from 110 the previous year.

The West Texas Homeless Network says they attribute the decrease to the following factors:

  • the 100-Day Challenge, in which 64 were housed
  • the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness in Abilene
  • the implementation of Coordinated Entry, a dynamic partnership and sharing of data between Abilene’s homeless service providers
  • the practice of low-barrier policies in emergency shelters, especially in Abilene Hope Haven’s Bridge2Home Shelter

A summary of the 2019 PIT count inlcludes:

  • 206 Total Surveyed
  • 120 unsheltered
  • 16 Chronically Homeless
  • 7 veterans

Comparisons from last year’s count show:

  • Our unsheltered population went from 137 to 120.
  • Unsheltered chronic population went from 8 to 9.
  • Unsheltered veteran population went from 11 to 6.
  • Our sheltered population went from 110 to 86.
  • Sheltered chronic population went from 11 to 7
  • Sheltered veteran population went from 2-1.

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