Data on the state of homelessness in Austin/Travis County is collected from homeless service providers, including Front Steps, on a weekly basis. This data is made available to the public on the Ending Community Homelessness Organization’s (ECHO) website, and is updated regularly.
The Year to Date count shows of the total individuals served, 7,101 were literally* homeless, while 5,438 are not literally* homeless, for a total of ~12,000 individuals served.
The Year to Date count shows 279 people moved into permanent supportive housing, 994 into rapid rehousing, and 605 with minimal housing assistance.
This month 13 people were diverted from shelters/homelessness and 125 this year so far.
The average amount of money spent of all persons diverted from homelessness this year are: $208 in 2016 so far, and $214.22 in the month of December
As of Jan 31, 2016, the last documented homeless point-in-time count, it was estimated that there were over 2,197 homeless individuals in Austin/Travis County on any given night.
The Ending Community Homelessness Organization, with support from the City of Austin, published the Plan to End Community Homelessness in 2010, which details the renewed efforts to end chronic homelessness in Austin by expanding the scope of care to include the entire spectrum of homelessness, from those at risk of becoming homeless to those experiencing chronic homelessness. View the plan here.
*Literally Homeless: Means individuals sleeping on the streets, in emergency shelters, or discharged from an institution where they resided for 90 days or less and were homeless upon institutional entry.
*Not Literally Homeless: Individuals at-risk of homelessness or receiving housing stabilization services