Between 2:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017, over 500 volunteers counted the number of children, families, and adults experiencing homelessness sleeping outdoors without shelter. Volunteers counted people in cars, tents, parks, under bridges, and on the streets. That same night, staff at agencies operating shelters and transitional housing programs counted persons staying sheltered. This combined effort is called the Point in Time Count and is a requirement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for communities receiving HUD funds.
- Total persons counted experiencing chronic homelessness in 2017 was 553, compared with 736 in 2016 – a 28% reduction.
- Total adults with a substance use disorder in 2017 was 345, compared with 188 in 2016 – an 84% increase.
Table 2. Comparing Subpopulations for Persons in 2016 and 2017 Point-in-Time Counts
|Adults with Serious Mental Illness||524||519||-5|
|Adults with Substance Use Disorder||188||345||+157|
|Adults with HIV/AIDS||24||16||-8|
|Persons who have experienced Domestic Violence||575||740||+165|
(Youth under 25 without adults 25 or older)
(Youth Aged 18-24 with Children)
|Families with Children||636 persons
Note: Categories are not mutually exclusive so a person may fall under more than one category.
Unsheltered Persons by City Council District
Table 3. Unsheltered Persons by City Council District counted during the Point-in-Time Counts in 2016 & 2017
Figure 1. Unsheltered Persons by City Council District, Counted on January 27, 2017
Unsheltered Persons by County Precinct
Table 4. Unsheltered Persons by County Precinct
Figure 2. Unsheltered Persons by County Precinct, Counted on January 27, 2017
Point-in-Time Count Numbers in Context:
- The number of persons counted experiencing homelessness during the Point in Time Counts is only one of the numbers our community uses to understand our progress in ending community homelessness.
- We know at least 7,000+ persons experience homelessness over the course of a year in Austin/Travis County. Since 2015, ECHO has led the community in conducting assessments to understand their needs. Learn more about our community needs here: http://www.austinecho.org/wp-
content/uploads/2016/03/ Austin-Homelessness-Needs-and- Gaps3.pdf
- Austin’s homelessness population is most visibly concentrated downtown:
on a given night, 472 persons sleep at the ARCH and the Salvation Army (downtown shelters) while 178 persons sleep in the surrounding streets – for a total of 650 persons waking up downtown homeless.
- The decrease in chronic homelessness is connected to the fact our community is prioritizing to serve the most vulnerable including persons with disabilities who have been living in the streets for a long time. Working together as a system, non-profits are using a shared database (Homeless Management Information System) for referral and tracking client’s outcomes.