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Final homeless count media advisory

  1. 1. Media Advisory Press Contact: Kai StansberryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (817) 875-6117 Tarrant County 2011 Homeless Count Final Results: Homelessness Decreased - County Wide Reduction of 30%FORT WORTH (April 26, 2011) - After long and careful analysis of the preliminary count results previewed at the stateof the homeless address in February, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) reports final results of the 2011Point-In-Time Homeless Count. Findings will be presented in the joint meeting of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission onHomelessness and the TCHC whereby TCHC will present and distribute the official 2011 Homeless Survey report.WHEN: Wednesday, April 27thTIME: 4-6pmWHERE: Tarrant County Public Health (Main Campus Education Room) 1101 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104The final aggregate count of the Point-In-Time process has been compiled:  Tarrant County achieved a reduction in the number of homeless - from 2,181 in 2009 to 2,169 counted on January 27, 2011.  The reduction in unsheltered homeless from 195 to 136, a reduction of 30%.  TCHC reports there was a 3.2% decrease in the annualized estimate of those who will experience homelessness in 2011 in Tarrant County from 5,012 in 2009 to 4,847. These results reflect a significant reduction in episodic homelessness.  Despite an 86% increase in evictions in Tarrant County from 2001 to 2010, prevention and rapid re-housing programs in Tarrant County have minimized the number of persons facing evictions, rather than entering emergency shelters or living on the street.“The data collected allows our community and Continuum of Care (service providers, funders, and advocates) tounderstand and accurately report information.” states Cindy J. Crain, TCHC Executive Director. “This data enables us toexamine homelessness and helps us to direct planning and development on many levels. With several state budgetprograms in jeopardy, the need has never been greater for coordinated efforts. We need the entire community to join in tokeep Tarrant County moving forward and on the path to ending homelessness.”About Tarrant County Homeless CoalitionThe Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) is a not-for-profit, 501c(3) organization formed in 1989 to provideleadership to prevent and end homelessness in Tarrant County. TCHC plans, funds and administers programs that assisthomeless individuals and families in their transition from homelessness to housing. TCHC is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Fort Worth/Arlington/Tarrant County Continuum of Care for programs providing shelter, housing and services tohomeless persons. For more information, please visit: ###