A new report by the Texas Homeless Network found that more than 8,000 people in Texas’s rural counties experienced homelessness in 2019, matching the number of people experiencing homelessness in Dallas and Houston combined. Rural counties in Texas are less likely to have homeless shelters and nonprofit service networks, so many people experiencing homelessness often seek less formalized solutions. “People might live in a home, but the housing might be substandard. Or they might live in their cars or at their workplace. Homelessness in rural areas is masked,” said Abraham Benavides, a professor at the University of North Texas.