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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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  • 26 nonprofits receive more than $7.3 million in ESG funds
  • Nearly 50 partner organizations will receive assistance from nonprofits
  • Three Texas cities receive more than $1.3 million in ESG funds

State housing agency awards $8.7 million to help with homelessness prevention

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) 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 29 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. It’s estimated more than 27,000 persons were served by 2016 ESG funds.

“The high cost of homelessness falls not just on individuals and families but also on 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 THDCA 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 2017 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 annual HUD point-in-time count estimates that more than 23,000 Texans are considered homeless, including approximately 7,000 living on the streets and more than 16,000 living in shelters and transitional housing.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
2017 Emergency Solutions Grant Program Awards

Agency Name

Award Amount

Service Area

Advocacy Outreach


Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Lee, and Travis counties

Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc.


Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery counties

Bridge Steps


Dallas County

City House, Inc.


Collin County

City of Amarillo


City of Amarillo

City of Denton


Denton County

City of Texarkana


Bowie, Camp, Cass, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus counties 



Dallas County

El Paso Human Services, Inc.


El Paso County

Family Gateway, Inc.


Dallas County

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.


Bexar County

Friendship of Women, Inc.


Cameron County

Houston Area Community Services, Inc. (HACS)


Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery counties

Loaves & Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.


Cameron, Willacy, Webb counties

Mid-Coast Family Services


Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria counties

SafeHaven of Tarrant County


Tarrant County

San Antonio Metropolitan Ministry, Inc.


Bexar County

Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc.


Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River counties

Shelter Ministries of Dallas


Dallas County

The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.


Harris County

The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County


Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery counties

The Family Place, Inc.


Dallas County

The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi


Bee, Jim Wells, Klebert, Live Oak, Nueces, San Patricio counties

The Salvation Army of El Paso


El Paso

The Salvation Army of Fort Worth, Mabee Center


Tarrant County

The Salvation Army of Houston


Harris County

The Salvation Army of Temple


Bell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell counties

The Salvation Army of Waco


McLennan County

Youth and Family Alliance


Travis County






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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