Did you know that there are services for the homelessness population in Denton County?
Many homelessness service providers (people that work with the homelessness population) in Denton help capture Denton County data and statistics about people experiencing homelessness. The Denton County data and statistics are captured annually, which are sent to the Texas Homeless Network (THN). THN then reports to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After HUD gathers the Denton County data from THN the reports are sent to the U.S. Congress to express the needs surrounding homelessness in our community. Those needs are met by receiving funding in the community to address our community’s needs surrounding homelessness, advocacy to impact stake holders, and overall community awareness. For the month of May the Denton County Homeless Coalition would like to highlight “Mental Health Awareness month” and it’s correlation with homelessness. We have pulled statistics from the 2017 Denton County Point-in-Time (PIT) count in regards to mental health and homelessness in Denton County. For the entire 2017 Denton County PIT count survey results please visit 2017 Point in Time Count. And for more information about the (PIT) count and overall process please visit the HUD exchange link.
- 5.5% or (26 out of 177 who answered the question) identified mental illness as a reason for homelessness
- 18.6% or (34 out of 96 who answered the question) reported to have a serious mental illness
- 22.4% or (41 out of 96 who answered the question) reported to have a alcohol/substance abuse (or addiction)
- 15.3% or (28 out of 96 who answered the question) reported to have a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- 39 households were reported as chronically homeless
Did you know Denton County MHMR has a housing program for the homelessness?
The Denton County MHMR Connections program provides rental assistance for chronically homeless individuals. According to HUD the definition of a chronically homeless individual refers to an individual with a disability who has been continuously homeless for 1 year or more or has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last 3 years where the combined length of time homeless in those occasions is at least 12 months. The Denton County MHMR Connections program is HUD funded to provide rental assistance for 19 chronically homeless individuals and 1 chronically homeless family. At this time the Denton County MHMR Connections program over serves by 1 individual making a total of 20 individuals served and 1 chronically homeless family served. All 21 clients in the program have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The clients are supported by 2 Denton County MHMR Qualified Mental Health Professionals funded through HUD and other licensed providers. The 2 staff positions include a Program Coordinator/Case Manager and a Rehabilitation Specialist. Some of the services that the Connections staff provide include but are not limited to intensive case management, advocacy on behalf of clients served, counseling referrals, Texas Workforce referrals, Denton County Indigent Healthcare application assistance, Food Stamps application assistance, and much more. The Denton County MHMR Connections program follows a Housing First model. For more information about a Housing First model refer to Housing First in Permanent Supportive Housing Brief.
Below are some recent outcomes within the Denton County MHMR Connections Program.
- All 21 clients have remained stable and housed under the Housing First model. (The Denton County MHMR Connections Program staff implement treatment plans with clients to minimize the risk of them being evicted from their homes and any other barriers that would put them back on the streets.)
- 76% or (16 out of 21) of Connections clients have healthcare coverage. (All clients entered the Connections program without any healthcare coverage.)
- 61% or (13 out of 21) of Connections clients have a monthly income! (All clients entered the Connections program without any income.
Learn more about homelessness and mental health
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, approximately 30% of people experiencing chronically homelessness have a serious mental health issue. For more information on the trends of chronic homelessness or homelessness statistics in the United States the Denton County Homelessness Coalition would like to encourage you to review the Housing and Urban Development’s “Annual Homeless Assessment Report” (AHAR). Use the link below for the current 2016 AHAR.