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


Funds housing services and resources for people experiencing homelessness in Fort Worth.


  • Oversee $5 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.




"Heat Heroes for the Homeless" Initiative Combats Summer Heat-Related Deaths


Texas summers can be brutal – especially if you don’t have a home.

In August 2023, there was a significant increase in deaths of those experiencing homelessness. While some were directly related to the heat, heat is thought to be a contributing factor in many others. At a fatality review sponsored by Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Lt. Sam Greif, HOPE Fire, noted that the combination of heat and existing health conditions or drug use can be deadly.

The City of Fort Worth, in collaboration with community partners, "Heat Heroes for the Homeless" initiative prevents heat-related fatalities this summer. The initiative focuses on providing extra resources and education to those most vulnerable to extreme heat. To address this need, the City is actively identifying and partnering with local organizations to establish and support these cooling stations.

Cooling Stations are open various days of the week and give people experiencing homelessness a cool space from mid-June through mid-September. At these locations there will be access to water, restrooms and a cool place to avoid the heat.

Additionally, the City’s HOPE Fire unit held training with front-line staff at libraries and community centers on how to identify and respond to heat-related conditions.
Together, we can ensure a safer summer for everyone in Fort Worth.


Cooling Stations 

June 17 through September 16
3-6 p.m.
Updated Jul 5, 2024


Providing additional cooling stations for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness during the hottest part of the day during the hottest part of the summer.


True Worth Place
1513 E Presidio St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Expanding regular hours 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.7 days a week. Will serve dinner.

Community Cross Roads
1516 Hemphill St,
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Expanding regular hours 3 – 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

First Street Mission
801 W 1st St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Expanding regular hours to be open from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday. 

1100 E Lancaster Ave,
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Wednesday through Friday




Interested in opening a cooling station? Email Tara Perez at


Directions Home Funding



Permanent Supportive Housing

Categories Programs
Programs Case Management for Permanent Supportive Housing  $1,175,977
Mental Health/Tenant Services for Permanent Supportive Housing  $199,000

Rapid Exit | Diversion

 Categories  Programs
 Rapid Exit | Diversion   $1,556,746

Rapid Rehousing

Categories Programs
Rapid Rehousing  $270,542 

System Support

Categories Programs
Critical Documents Services $150,000
Direct Client Services Fund $350,000
Housing Navigators $150,000
Continuum of Care Support $84,491
Cold Weather Overflow Support $200,000

2018-2024 Funded Programs Quarterly Outcomes


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