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"Making homelessness rare, short-term and nonrecurring in Fort Worth"

 


Responsibilities:

  • Oversee $3 million in city funds to reduce homelessness and keep clients housed
  • Work with community partners to align resources and processes to most effectively reduce homelessness
  • Facilitate development of permanent supportive housing units to reduce chronic homelessness 

* U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines chronic homelessness as an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been homeless for a year or more.

The City funds three main categories:

System Support 25% PermanentSupportiveHousing 56% RapidRehousing 19% Directions Home Funding Permanent Supportive Housing System Support Rapid Rehousing

 

System Support

The City funds seven initiatives that support the homeless system.

The Critical Documents Clerk program assists individuals with obtaining items (birth certificates, driver’s licenses, identification cards, Social Security cards) needed to obtain housing and employment. DRC-Solutions provides this services and the funding pays for case management and the cost of the documents.

The Direct Client Service Fund (DCSF) serves as a fund of last resort and helps fill an unmet need for direct services to help those who are homeless. The DCSF assist with housing fees, diversion and etc. Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) manages the fund.

CoC Coordination funds are used to ensure alignment of the goals and objectives of the City and the federal government in an effort to maximize funding availability across the sector through the work of Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.

Directions Home partners with Tarrant County Homeless Coalition to partially fund four navigators to serve the City of Fort Worth. The navigators assist households experiencing homelessness with locating housing.

The City partners with First Presbyterian Church to host a one day, one stop hospitality fair which links those experiencing homelessness to needed services and information.

The Veterans Housing Fund was designed by the City to encourage the rapid housing of veterans exiting homelessness by alleviating some risks a property owner may assume. The fund prioritizes coverage for veterans experiencing chronic homelessness and veterans who are referred through Supportive Services for Veteran Families ("SSVF").

On extremely cold nights, when community-based emergency shelters (The Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, Presbyterian Night Shelter, and Center for Transforming Lives) are full, the City opens up a temporary facility so that people who are homeless can have an indoor place to sleep.

 

Details - System Report

Categories Programs
Critical Documents 180,000
Direct Client Service Fund 100,000
United Way administration 15,000
Project Homeless Connect 5,000
Cold Weather Emergency Overflow Shelter 12,000
HMIS fees/Continuum of Care 45,600
Veterans Housing Fund 170,000
Navigators 67,336
Capacity/Reserve 166,664