While our homeless population isn't necessarily increasing, it is becoming more visible. Removing homeless encampments increases the visibility of homelessness as former residents look for new places to live.
Factors that may contribute to the homeless population:
- Collin County is one of Texas’ most expensive housing markets. In a 2019 survey of those experiencing homelessness, 42% cited the inability to pay for housing as the reason they were homeless.
- The formerly incarcerated may choose to become part of the homeless population if they do not have a place to go upon release. The Collin County Jail and the city work to provide resources for the newly released to prevent this outcome.
- People who experienced a mental health crisis sometimes join the homeless population aftercare. Medical staff work to provide resources for their patients upon release to prevent this outcome.