Total number of homeless in Lubbock County drops by 101 since 2017

Updated: Apr. 24, 2018 at 10:18 PM CDT
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Provided by South Plains Homeless Consortium

The South Plains Homeless Consortium is proud to announce the results of the annual Point-in-Time Count of all people experiencing homelessness in Lubbock.

The count which took place on January 25, 2018 found the total number of people experiencing homelessness in Lubbock County has dropped by 101 persons since 2017. Additionally, the number of persons experiencing chronic homelessness has been cut in half from 85 in 2017 to 44 in 2018. Based on the average cost of homelessness per person per year, this amounts to an estimated annual cost savings of over $4,000,000 for Lubbock tax payers.

"This level of progress is unprecedented in our community" says Chad Wheeler, President of the South Plains Homeless Consortium. "This year's numbers are evidence of the great, collaborative work being done by local agencies to prevent and end homelessness." Wheeler continued.

The South Plains Homeless Consortium will present these results on Wednesday, April 25th at its monthly meeting. Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about local efforts to end homelessness. The meeting starts with lunch at 11:30 and the program begins at 12:00. It's at the Salvation Army located at 1111 16th Street. President Chad Wheeler will be available for comment or story interviews immediately following the presentation.

The Point-in-Time count is an annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. Each year in Lubbock County, volunteers coordinated by the South Plains Homeless Consortium conduct the count, collecting information that provides a snapshot of homelessness at any given time within our community. Please see the attached document for a breakdown of the findings.