Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities
June 14, 2012
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EDITORS: List of 38 organizations receiving an award follows

State housing agency sending $8.7 million to local providers working to prevent homelessness

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced a major funding award designed to prevent or mitigate the effects of homelessness across the state.

TDHCA awarded $8.7 million in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program funds to 38 cities and nonprofit organizations providing homelessness prevention assistance to individuals and families who might otherwise become homeless, as well as to rapidly re-house persons who become homeless.

“The high cost of homelessness falls not just on individuals and families but also Texas communities, and reducing its impact is an important mission of the Department,” said Tim Irvine, TDHCA Executive Director. “When homeless individuals obtain housing, their use of all other public resources tends to decline dramatically: arrest rates fall, emergency room visits drop, individuals attain employment, and their condition generally stabilizes.

“The awards TDHCA announced today will help reach greater numbers of individuals and families before they become homeless while restoring stability and self-sufficiency to the lives of thousands of Texans who already find themselves with no permanent home,” he concluded.

The grants were made through TDHCA’s 2012 ESG Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition to helping individuals obtain permanent housing, ESG funds can assist with the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters, the payment of eligible expenses relating to the operation of an emergency shelter, and the provision of essential services to homeless individuals.

Services may include medical, nutritional and psychological counseling; substance abuse treatment; transportation and job training; and the development and implementation of homelessness prevention activities.

While figures vary, the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless estimates that 37,000 Texans on any given night sleep on the streets, in campsites, under bridges, in abandoned lots, in emergency shelters, and in numerous other places not intended for human habitation.

2012 Emergency Solutions Grant Program Awards
Agency Name Award Amount Service Area
Advocacy Outreach $343,236.15 Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Lee, and Travis counties
Advocacy Resource Center for Housing (ARCH) $150,000.00 Hidalgo County
Bay Area Homeless Services, Inc. $145,685.00 Chambers, Harris, and Liberty counties
Career and Recovery Resources $452,685.15 Harris County
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston $149,949.00 Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties
City of Amarillo $242,247.79 Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, and Wheeler counties 
City of Denton $472,140.15 Denton County
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries, Inc. $150,000.00 Nueces County
East Texas Crisis Center, Inc $114,747.60 Henderson, Rains, Smith, Van Zandt, and Wood counties
Family Abuse Center, Inc. $284,143.15 Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, McLennan, and Navarro counties
Family Crisis Center, Inc. $271,105.15 Cameron and Willacy counties
Family Endeavors, Inc $97,652.90 Bexar County
Family in Crisis $149,995.00 Bell County
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. $150,000.00 Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Medina, Guadalupe, and Wilson counties
Fort Bend County Women's Center, Inc. $539,528.15 Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, and Wharton counties
Friendship of Women, Inc. $298,892.15 Cameron County
Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) $79,854.00 Tarrant County
Grayson County Juveniles Alternatives dba North Texas Youth Connection $602,685.15 Cooke, Grayson, and Fannin counties
Houston Area Women's Center $150,000.00 Harris County
Johnson County Family Crisis Center $100,000.00 Johnson County
La Posada Providencia $280,282.15 Cameron, Frio, Hidalgo, and Webb counties
Love In the Name of Christ of Nacogdoches $150,000.00 Nacogdoches County
Mid-Coast Family Services $150,000.00 Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria counties
Opportunity Center for the Homeless $260,922.74 El Paso County
Panhandle Crisis Center, Inc. $75,102.00 Hansford, Lipscomb, and Ochiltree counties
Project Vida $153,685.15 Culberson, El Paso, and Hudspeth counties
SafeHaven of Tarrant County $150,000.00 Tarrant County
San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries, Inc $602,685.15 Bexar County
SEARCH Homeless Services $452,685.15 Harris County
Shelter agencies For Families in East Texas dba SAFE-T $149,380.00 Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, and Titus counties
The Family Place $452,685.15 Dallas County
The Salvation Army - Abilene $150,000.00 Callahan, Jones, Nolan, Runnels, and Taylor counties
The Salvation Army - Forth Worth Mabee Center $100,000.00 Tarrant County
The Salvation Army - McAllen $150,000.00 Hidalgo County
The Salvation Army - Odessa $128,490.00 Ector County
The Salvation Army - Texarkana $150,000.00 Bowie, Cass
Women's Shelter of East Texas, Inc. dba Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas $75,000.00 Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, and Trinity counties
Youth and Family Alliance dba LifeWorks $211,690.36 Travis County
STATE TOTAL $8,787,154.34  


About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is committed to expanding fair housing choice and opportunities for Texans through the administration and funding of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services with the help of for-profits, nonprofits, and local governments. For more information about fair housing, funding opportunities, or services in your area, please visit www.tdhca.state.tx.us or the Learn about Fair Housing in Texas page. 

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