Tarrant County Homeless Coalition’s vision is A Home for All. We believe everyone in our community deserves a safe and decent place to call home. Our purpose is to make sustainable community-wide change by providing service and support to anyone impacted by the issue of homelessness including partner agencies, community groups, municipalities, faith groups, businesses, and those who are experiencing homelessness.
WHAT WE DO
Advocate, educate, and call the community to
Design systems to make accessing services
easier, ensuring everyone finds a place to call
IN 2017 TCHC
- Partnered with over 40 organizations who provide services to those at risk or experiencing homelessness
- Provided training and technical assistance to more than 300 direct service staff and volunteers
- Leveraged $15 million in federal funds for the community
- Led the community effort to fully implement a coordinated access system, ensuring fair and equal access to housing
- Facilitated new collaborations with healthcare, education, first responders, and other community partners
TCHC got our start when homelessness was just emerging as a problem in Fort Worth in the 1980s. Local nonprofit leaders began meeting to discuss how our community needed to respond to those experiencing homelessness. Formally established in 1989, TCHC began as a volunteer-run organization providing oversight and planning for homeless services in Tarrant County.
Led by a volunteer board comprised of mainly homeless service providers, TCHC partnered with Tarrant County Community Development Division to plan and apply for federal funding to benefit providers in our community. As the Lead Agency for the Continuum of Care, TCHC continues to submit the collaborative application for our community to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant has resulted in an annual average of $11 million coming into Tarrant County to provide housing for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
The City of Arlington joined the planning efforts in 2003 and Parker County joined in 2004, increasing the geographic area of the Continuum of Care planning region to two counties. In 2008, we hired our first paid employee, and since then the number of staff and capacity of TCHC has expanded significantly, with a budget of $1.5M and a staff of 15.