DATA: Here's a breakdown of the homelesss population in Montgomery County

Montgomery County saw a sharp decrease in its population of people experiencing homelessness. (Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County saw a sharp decrease in its population of people experiencing homelessness. (Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

Montgomery County saw a sharp decrease in its population of people experiencing homelessness. (Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Coalition for the Homeless Houston released its 2020 results in June, showing Montgomery County had a sharp decrease in the number of people struggling with homelessness.



The coalition counted 145 people on its annual count, a 51% decrease from the 298 counted in 2019. Here is a breakdown of some of the subpopulations of the count.





The homeless population in Montgomery County is overwhelmingly white at 77.2% of subjects. However, this still represents a disproportionately high population of people of color: According to population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, about 14% of Montgomery County’s 590,925 population in 2018 were people of color, but people of color represent about 17% of the homeless population in 2020.





Of the subpopulations the coalition tracks, the largest groups were people experiencing homelessness for the first time, people struggling with mental illness and people with a substance use disorder. The coalition noted these groups were self-identified during interviews, and numbers could be artificially low.

By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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