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MDHA has helped double the number of housing units that provide support services for homeless people since 2008. But economic conditions have forced hundreds more people into homelessness this year.
Key points in the “State of Homelessness” report include:
- Growing numbers of Dallas residents – 21.8 percent -- live in poverty.
- The state recently cut $3.6 million annually for local behavioral health services, resulting in a 29 percent reduction in care for indigent people, many of whom are homeless.
- State budget cuts jeopardize critical mental health services that help formerly homeless people stay in more than 2,000 permanent supportive housing units in the Dallas area.
Chronically homeless individuals have a disability and have been homeless for more than one year. Click here to download the report.