Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Homelessness in Dallas: A Mixed Bag of News

The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA), released it's Annual Point in Time Homeless Count and Census report yesterday. How is Dallas progressing? Well, the news is mixed...

"The number of chronically homeless people — defined as those with disabilities who are homeless long term or repeatedly — dropped to 407 in 2012, down from 1,181 eight years ago, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance reported."

"But the outlook wasn’t as good for a different group of homeless people: families with children. In just two years, their numbers in Dallas have gone up 36 percent."

"The count had Mayor Mike Rawlings and others saying Dallas is on track to become the first major city in the U.S. to end chronic homelessness by 2015, a goal Dallas leaders set in 2004."
"“This is an accomplishment we should all be proud of,” Rawlings said at a City Hall news conference to announce the count results. “Every year we want that number to get lower, and as we counted this year, we saw that it was down significantly.”"
You can find the MDHA report here.

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