More than 25,000 Texans are homeless in a state whose officials frequently boast about a solid economy and an affordable housing market. The Texas Tribune is reporting on what urban leaders and state officials — including Gov. Greg Abbott — are doing for residents without homes.
Homeless Texans in the state's less populated areas are harder for people to find and help. But the number of people experiencing homelessness outside of Texas' urban centers has increased 33% in recent years. Full Story
The Texas governor's comments came amid controversial changes to Austin's ordinances, which many said criminalized homelessness. While San Antonio officials say they've reduced the visibility of people experiencing homelessness downtown, their overall numbers remain stagnant. Full Story
Although the view on the streets might tell a different story, Houston decreased its homeless population by 54% since 2011, according to an annual census. In Dallas, the trend is the opposite — and housing affordability might make the problem even worse. Full Story
Elected officials have bickered over how to respond to Texans experiencing homelessness, and President Donald Trump tapped a man who founded a San Antonio shelter to coordinate the federal government's approach. Meanwhile, homeless Texans say they're often misunderstood. Full Story
Robert Marbut Jr. helped develop the Haven for Hope homeless shelter in San Antonio, which Gov. Greg Abbott praised as "probably the best template" for addressing homelessness. But aspects of Marbut's approach have been criticized as harsh and patronizing. Full Story
In this edition of Tenth Talks, The Texas Tribune's yearlong video series on the next 10 years of Texas, top leaders in housing, homelessness and transportation give Texas cities a decade's worth of marching orders. Full Story
The governor has vowed to use state resources to clear Austin's homeless residents from public spaces since city officials began changing local ordinances dictating where people can and can't camp. Full Story