Maprini Enterprise

In the months since the Great Recession ended, the number of people who need housing has gone up and down, and in some places the number is so large that it’s become impossible to find affordable housing. 

In California, where prices have surged at a pace that’s surpassed that of the rest of the country, the state has seen the most dramatic spike in vacancies. 

“In California we’re seeing the most extreme housing shortages in the country,” said Rachel Zellner, senior policy analyst at the Center for Housing Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

“We have a situation where a lot of people can’t find affordable rental housing.” 

Zellner says that means people who already have homes, but need a place to live, are more likely to be forced into homelessness.

In Texas, the unemployment rate has climbed from 7.6 percent in June to 10.5 percent today, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

And it’s not just the rising cost of living that’s causing people to become homeless.

A growing number of homeless people are also leaving the city, according, as the numbers of people living on the streets of the Lone Star State have grown by about 10,000 over the last three years. 

 “When I was in school, there were more homeless people in the city than there are now,” said Alex Lohse, who was homeless for nearly a year in Texas in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

“There were a lot more people in Austin than there were now.”

“There’s a lot that’s going on out here, and it’s affecting people’s lives, and that’s what we’re looking for,” said Lohsey. 

 “If you’re in an area that’s in a crisis, that’s when we’re going to see the most people in need of assistance,” said Zellners. 

She said that people with disabilities and people with limited English ability are particularly vulnerable to being displaced, and the state needs to work to help those people, especially those with special needs. 

In a statement, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said that “the governor has spoken with the Mayor of Houston about providing shelter and emergency food for homeless people who are facing homelessness.” 

 The mayor of Houston has also asked the governor to help provide the shelter and food, which he’s received.

Abbott is scheduled to meet with the mayors of the cities of Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi on Monday. 

The governor’s office has also reached out to local leaders to get their ideas on how to help. 

Abbott’s office said that a new plan is being crafted, and an executive order is in the works. 

That’s all good, but what about people who have nowhere else to go? 

 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas is home to about 5.3 million people who were once living in shelters or in other temporary accommodations. 

There’s also a lack of housing options for those who are stuck in the middle. 

According the American Association of University Women, nearly one-third of the state’s homeless population are women. 

Many of those women, like Lohss, have nowhere to go, as they’ve been evicted from their homes because they can’t afford to pay rent. 

For some of these women, the situation is even worse, with an estimated 1,000 women living on a single person in Austin alone. 

While shelters are filling up in the state, a number of the homeless people that were formerly housed are now facing a different kind of crisis, as many are finding themselves without any shelter at all.

Zeller said that there’s been a huge spike in the number and types of shelters that are popping up around Texas in recent years.

Some of these shelters have sprung up to offer people shelter from a lot on their own, but other shelters have been created specifically to serve those who have a history of being homeless. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Hotline for People Homeless at 1-800-273-8255.