The Harry Tompson Center is making a difference to those in need by providing many important services.
By the Numbers:
- An average of 150-200 persons are served daily.
- Over 4,800 different persons have been served at the Rebuild Center since October 2013 and have received a variety of basic services including shower and laundry services.
- 165 persons have received case management services from HTC since August 2013 and of this number, an extremely high percentage – 81% or 134 persons – have since found permanent housing and are no longer homeless.
Since January 2013, over:
- 1,700 persons have received medical care.
- 400 persons have received psychiatric care.
- 600 persons have received legal assistance
- 100 persons have received free prescription eyeglasses.
- 400 persons have received free reading glasses.
Facts About Persons Experiencing Homelessness
- According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness (www.endhomelessness.org), there are 610,042 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. Of that number, 36.4% are people in families, and 63.6% are individuals; 18% are considered “chronically homeless” and 9% are veterans.
- In New Orleans, according to the most recent Point in Time Count conducted by UNITY of Greater New Orleans in March 2014, there are 1,981 persons experiencing homelessness in our community on any given day. Of this number, 24% are chronically homeless and 10% are veterans.
- Most persons experiencing homelessness in the United States are only homeless for a short while for an average of 3 months. They only need short-term rental assistance and other time-limited interventions to end their homelessness. A smaller percentage are chronically homeless and are homeless for much longer, are disabled and face many burdens at overcoming homelessness.
- For chronically homeless persons, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is needed which provides ongoing rent subsidies and case management supports. Chronically homeless people are among the most vulnerable people in the homeless population. They tend to have high rates of behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders, conditions that may be exacerbated by physical illness, injury or trauma. Consequently, they are frequent users of emergency services, crisis response, and public safety systems. There is a higher percentage of chroncially homeless persons at the Harry Tompson Center, approximately 60%.
- In the past decade, many communities have collaborated on ending chronic homelessness with the support of federal policies. As a result, the number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness has declined by 25 percent since 2007.