Is the Austin chronic-homeless count down?

According to the Bush administration, the number of chronically homeless people has dropped 30 percent from 2005 to 2007. Remember that a chronically homeless person is a little different; they are defined as a homeless person with a disabling condition who has been homeless for a year or more or has had frequent episodes of homelessness. It’s estimated that 10 to 15% of homeless people are chronically homeless.

I found this: According to the Austin/Travis County Ending Community Homelessness (ECHO) Coalition, there were 4,468 homeless people in Travis County in 2007. What was that number for 2005?

I also found this: Austin has a 10-year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, which was created in 1999 in concurrence with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s big push to end chronic homelessness.

So how’s Austin doing? Not sure yet, but I hope to find out.

In the meantime, I found it very worthwhile to puruse the plan, which comes in a handy, downloadable PDF. It’s simple to read and there’s lots of fascinating data to mull over. Plus, more importantly, it offers some actionable information you can use to participate in the effort to end chronic homelessness.


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