Survey of Abilene homeless population shows increase in numbers
ABILENE, Texas - A survey done by the West Texas Homeless Network shows a significant increase in the number of homeless people counted versus those counted last year. West Texas Homeless Network says 129 surveys were conducted in Abilene beginning in January 2017. In those surveys, 172 people identified as homeless. According to the survey results, 34 of the 172 people are "chronically homeless," meaning they have been homeless for at least one year or have experienced four or more extensive episodes of homeless in the past three years.
West Texas Homeless Network says this is a jump from the 97 found homeless last year, but it cites a record turnout of volunteers collecting data for the surging numbers.