HOW MANY PEOPLE
ARE HOMELESS IN
OUR COMMUNITY?

On a given night in 2018, 2,028 persons experienced homelessness in Tarrant and
Parker Counties. Throughout the year in 2018, approximately 6,964 people
accessed homeless services of some sort.

WHO EXPERIENCES HOMELESSNESS?

723
1299

138

289

168

HOMELESSNESS BY LOCATION

2019
  • Fort Worth

    86%

  • Arlington

    12%

  • NE Tarrant County

    1%

  • Parker County

    1%

WHY DO PEOPLE
BECOME HOMELESS?

People become homeless for a variety of reasons – everyone has walked a different path in life. Year after year, the top two reasons people report they become homeless is a lack of income or the inability to pay rent.
they can afford. In 2018, people reported their top reasons for homelessness as:

  • Unemployment
  • Inability to pay rent
  • Substance Abuse
  • Domestic Violence

The National Low-Income Housing Coalition estimates that minimum wage workers in Tarrant County must work more
than 75 hours per week to afford fair market rent.

HOW DO WE SOLVE
HOMELESSNESS?

Ultimately the solution for homelessness is a place to call home for those who do not currently have one. To end
homelessness, our community, and our nation, must create an adequate supply of housing that is affordable to lower
income households. In Tarrant County, there are only 19 affordable units for every 100 low-income households. Any
way you slice it, the math simply does not add up for our community to find somewhere for everyone to live. Until the
affordable housing shortage is addressed, the homeless services system must help people quickly return to housing,
connect to employment, and receive needed services and support.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

You’ve taken the first step by learning more about homelessness in our community. TCHC works with over 40 partner agencies who are addressing homelessness every day. Here are a few ways you can help people who are experiencing homelessness and the agencies who are serving them: