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City representatives attend summit with the hopes of tackling chronic homelessness

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Permanent supportive housing is one goal for organizations fighting chronic homelessness. Out of all the people considered homeless in Lubbock more than one in ten of them don't have homes for more than a year at a time. That's growing the need for new ideas.

Lubbock city council members and Open Door representatives attended a series of workshops and a mayor's summit in Amarillo this week. The focus of the event was to figure out better ways to address chronic homelessness.

Chad Wheeler, executive director of Open Door said the city of Lubbock has made some progress throughout the years, but there's still a lot that needs to be done.

"The city of Amarillo is using housing vouchers through their housing authority and they are using HUD funding that they are already receiving," said Wheeler. "We receive the same funding here in Lubbock as well, they are putting them together and they are using them to house people who are the most vulnerable."

Wheeler adds that it's more cost effective to help someone in housing than it is for them to stay on the streets. People suffering chronic homelessness use emergency services far more than someone with a stable home.

There are 293 people suffering chronic homelessness in our area this year, this according to the South Plains Homeless Consortium. That's down from 333 reported in 2018.






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