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Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP)

HHSP was established during the 81st Texas Legislature through an appropriations rider and codified during the 82nd Texas Legislature.

Through HHSP, the state provides funding to the eight largest cities in support of services to homeless individuals and families. Cities currently served through HHSP include Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

The Texas Legislature has, through the enactment of Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2 (83rd Legislature, 1st called session) provided General Revenue funds of $10 million over the biennium. For the State Fiscal Year 2014, the Department will allocate $5 million in FY 2014 contracts to the cities listed above.

Allowable activities include construction, development, or procurement of housing for homeless persons; rehabilitation of structures targeted to serving homeless persons or persons at-risk of homelessness; provision of direct services and case management to homeless persons or persons at-risk of homelessness; or other homelessness-related activity as approved by the Department.

HHSP Subrecipient Cities

Program Summary

HHSP Through the years 2009-2015

Program Highlights

  • Homeless population in the eight cities in 2014: 18,291 (down from 22,603 in 2012)
  • Unduplicated numbers served from 2009 – 2014: 33,080 persons, 26,734 households
  • Targets for 2015 (unduplicated): 5,846 persons, 4,062 households
  • Number of persons that exited to permanent housing in 2013-2014 program years: 3,052
  • Number of persons that achieved specific quality of life outcomes due to construction and rehabilitation projects in 2013-2014: 2,376.
  • Duplicated numbers served from 2009 – 2014: 68,827 persons, 49,854 households

Overview and Data Analysis

HHSP Performance and Impact (PDF)

This document provides a general overview of HHSP and the impact of the program in reducing homelessness in Texas.