HOW DO WE DO THIS?
Forging and supporting partnerships that bridge gaps and create opportunities
Amplifying the voice of the homeless in our community
Evaluating needs and coordinating resources
Seeking innovative and comprehensive solutions
The Homeless Coalition 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, the Homeless Coalition 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, the Homeless Coalition 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, the Homeless Coalition 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 the Homeless Coalition has expanded significantly, with a budget of $2.1M and a staff of 18.