Progress

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Homelessness in Tarrant County is down 40% compared with a year ago. The decrease bucks state and national trends. To learn more about some of the strides and success the City of Fort Worth has made in homelessness, view the projects below:

 

New Leaf

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New Leaf was incorporated after a group of concerned individuals and organizations, led by First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, joined hands to turn funds pledged by the City of Fort Worth Directions Home into the financial cornerstone for this much needed kind of housing.

Quail Trail is a $4.7 million project at 4444 Quail Trail in Northwest Fort Worth, houses a new 48-unit permanent supported housing project for chronically homeless, disabled people. The income stream from rents pays for property management, maintenance and case management. A variety of other support programs for residents will be provided by local nonprofits at no cost to Quail Trail or residents.

Rental assistance for residents is being funded by HUD through Fort Worth Housing Solutions. Residents will pay 30% of their income, which typically come from Social Security or Social Security Disability Income, toward their rent and the HUD program will pay the balance. More>>

 

 

Casa de Esperanza

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Casa de Esperanza, Fort Worth's largest permanent supportive housing effort, opened in 2020 was established by Fort Worth Housing Solutions, development partner Ojala Partners, LP of Dallas, the City of Fort Worth's Directions Home and a coalition of agencies that care for the homeless. 

The fast-tracked project is the result of collaboration between the public housing authority, social service agencies and the city, which provided FWHS $9.3 million in CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funding in September to convert an extended-stay hotel into a 119-unit assisted housing community.

 

Residents have access to “wrap-around” services, including mental health support, healthcare, nutrition and job training. Casa’s single-occupancy units are available to residents who have been homeless for 12 consecutive months or more, are disabled, and either 65 years or older or who have health conditions making them vulnerable to COVID-19. Prospective residents are referred from a coordinated list managed by Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. Units include full-size beds, TVs, wi-fi service, baths and kitchenettes stocked with microwaves, cookware and a refrigerator. More>>