Housing First makes housing last.

THE SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS IS A HOME.

Regardless of the past.  Regardless of the present.

And that’s why everything we do is organized around the philosophy of Housing First.

Housing | Outreach | Safety Net 

Because Housing First makes housing last. 

THE SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS IS A HOME.

Regardless of the past.  Regardless of the present.

And that’s why everything we do is organized around the philosophy of Housing First.

Housing | Outreach | Safety Net 

Because Housing First makes housing last. 

What is Housing First?

“Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Additionally, Housing First is based on the theory that client choice is valuable in housing selection and supportive service participation, and that exercising that choice is likely to make a client more successful in remaining housed and improving their life.” 
(National Alliance to End Homelessness, https://endhomelessness.org/resource/housing-first

Homelessness Here in Tarrant County

Sam’s Story

For over five years, Sam had been homeless, living in a tent under an overpass on I-30. His homelessness had begun in a common way, with the loss of his job. His mental health issues and other factors allowed Sam to slip into a situation he couldn’t get out of by himself.

For two years, DRC case manager David worked with Sam, visiting his campsite, ensuring he made his appointments, and building a relationship with him. DRC staff also helped Sam replace his identity documents and apply for Social Security benefits.

Then one day this summer, an opportunity opened up for Sam a The Palm Tree Apartments. The only problem was, now Sam was nowhere to be found!

For several days, DRC staffers searched all over for Sam, eventually locating him just as he was released from a local hospital after an illness. Sam returned to his tent and was surprised when David showed up to tell him the good news: He had an apartment waiting for him! He could hardly contain his excitement. His new apartment was fully furnished, stocked with groceries, and he even received new, clean clothes. Sam was introduced to his new neighbors and welcomed into The Palm Tree family.

Because of your support, Sam is safe in his own home now and part of a community of people who understand where he has been and can help him stay on track. Says Sam, “Thank you for not forgetting about me.”

Sam’s Story

For over five years, Sam had been homeless, living in a tent under an overpass on I-30. His homelessness had begun in a common way, with the loss of his job. His mental health issues and other factors allowed Sam to slip into a situation he couldn’t get out of by himself.

For two years, DRC case manager David worked with Sam, visiting his campsite, ensuring he made his appointments, and building a relationship with him. DRC staff also helped Sam replace his identity documents and apply for Social Security benefits.

Then one day this summer, an opportunity opened up for Sam a The Palm Tree Apartments. The only problem was, now Sam was nowhere to be found!

For several days, DRC staffers searched all over for Sam, eventually locating him just as he was released from a local hospital after an illness. Sam returned to his tent and was surprised when David showed up to tell him the good news: He had an apartment waiting for him! He could hardly contain his excitement. His new apartment was fully furnished, stocked with groceries, and he even received new, clean clothes. Sam was introduced to his new neighbors and welcomed into The Palm Tree family.

Because of your support, Sam is safe in his own home now and part of a community of people who understand where he has been and can help him stay on track. Says Sam, “Thank you for not forgetting about me.”

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