2019 Point-In-Time Count Findings
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all communities applying to use HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) funding to serve the homeless should count the unsheltered and sheltered homeless on one night that falls within the last 10 days of January. This annual count is referred to as the “Point-in-Time Count,” and is important to all communities, providing a tally of who is homeless on a given night and producing a snapshot of who experiences homeless throughout the year. Interviews of individuals were conducted by volunteers at various sites and at social service agencies in the community.
White males (71%) are disproportionately impacted by homelessness, the roughly two-thirds male to one-thirds female ratio is consistent with previous years.
Compared to general population demographic data for Denton County, African Americans are disproportionately affected by homelessness. African Americans account for 8.4% of the general population* , while they make up 17.8% of total people surveyed for the 2019 PIT Count.
Renter households (44%) and people living on their own (73%) before becoming homeless are at greater risk of experiencing homelessness. • Unemployment (23.8%) and inability to pay rent/mortgage (17.7%) have been the top two reasons for becoming homeless for the past two years.
Over one-third of respondents identified a lack of funds (34.2%) as the number one barrier to housing. The remaining top five housing barriers include a lack of assistance/support (13.1%), lack of a state-issued ID (10.2%), transportation (9.6%) and uncertainty of how to access resources (8.6%).
2020 Point-In-Time Count Volunteers Needed