Homelessness is a growing problem in Travis County, Texas, and it's essential to comprehend the demographics of those affected. According to the Coalition to End Community Homelessness (ECHO), the majority of homeless individuals in the area are between 45 and 64 years old, representing 37% of the homeless population. Although the gender split is roughly 50/50, men make up the majority of those without shelter. ECHO conducted an inventory count to receive federal funding and supplies for those in need.
This count was also used to evaluate current community needs that may not be covered by the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Data from the HMIS count was used to create a panel that measures homelessness in Austin, as well as transfers to housing and shelters. In order to get an accurate picture of the homeless population in the United States, ECHO expected to have 1,000 volunteers for their one-time count. This count was conducted early Saturday morning and was based on surveys completed by hundreds of volunteers in Travis County.
The survey counted the number of people who sleep outside on a single night in January. Journalists and community members are encouraged to contact ECHO for the latest data when they need a snapshot of the homeless population. ECHO will continue to conduct an inventory count required by HUD to distribute necessary supplies to homeless people, get volunteers to support their homeless neighbors, and assess current community needs that might not be covered by the HMIS.