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We are actively engaged in various efforts to prevent and address homelessness in our community.
No. There is no homeless shelter in Collin County.
Being homeless is not a crime. Resting, standing and sleeping in public areas is not illegal. Homeless people enjoy the same rights and protections as others and are allowed to be in public areas.
If you observe anyone engaging in illegal behaviors, please call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 972-547-2700.
Resting or sleeping is not illegal. "Camping" is established by the use of camping equipment. Police and code enforcement officers usually give "campers" an opportunity to comply with city ordinance and encourage them to seek community services.
In the case of an established encampment, individuals or groups are given a 72-hour notice to remove their belongings and are provided with community resources information and referrals.
The city’s ultimate goal is to connect those living on the streets or encampments with services, shelter, and housing rather than moving them to other areas.
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: