Because the solution to homelessness is a home.
Because the solution to homelessness is a home.
It is the condition or state of being without a home. It isn’t foodless. It isn’t jobless. It isn’t clotheless. It’s HOMEless. For all the politicking, posturing, and planning, there is only one solution to homelessnes: a home.
Everything we do at the DRC is geared toward lifting people out of homelessness into a home to call their own.
Working hand-in-hand with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition and dozens of agencies, organizations, and service providers, our staff walk with our clients from the streets to the doors of their very own homes.
DRC Rapid Rehousing programs quickly place people experiencing homelessness into temporary housing. Once housed, individuals or families are set on a path to secure permanent housing through professional case management and connection to the broader services available within the Tarrant County Continuum of Care.
The DRC works with Tarrant County Community Development and Housing Office with a capacity of serving 18 households for 12 months, and with the City of Fort Worth with a capacity of 56 households for shorter periods of assistance. Higher vulnerability households are given priority in placement in these programs, such as victims of domestic violence or people living with chronic illness.
In 2020, the DRC provided 41 households with Rapid Rehousing services.
Permanent Supportive Housing
“Permanent supportive housing is an intervention that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of chronically homeless people. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills, and connect people with community-based health care, treatment, and employment services.” (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
The DRC provides housing placement and case management services for the 24 unit Palm Tree Apartments, an award-winning permanent supportive housing community developed by the Paulos Foundation in partnership with the DRC and Fort Worth Housing Solutions.
The DRC provides case management for the City of Fort Worth’s Directions Home program. This program serves 75 households through three (3) case managers.
The DRC provides case management for City of Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation’s tax-credit properties. This program serves 37 households through two (2) case managers.
In 2020, the DRC provided 505 households with Permanent Supportive Housing services.
The DRC is the housing placement and case management partner for the new 4444 Quail Trail, a 48-unit complex under construction in west Fort Worth. 4444 Quail Trail is a project of New Leaf Community Services in conjunction with Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation, the Paulos Foundation, and First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth.
The Palm Tree Apartments is just one example of a permanent supportive housing solution which is making a direct and immediate difference in the lives of our neighbors but also in the neighborhood where it exists.
When Paulos Foundation President Flora Brewer decided she wanted to do something about unsheltered homelessness, she called the DRC. Working together, the DRC, Paulos Foundation and Fort Worth Housing Solutions have created an award-winning housing solution that is proving the power of partnership to end homelessness.
Under Flora’s leadership, the Paulos Foundation purchased and renovated the 60-year-old, 24-unit Palm Tree Apartments complex—once a crime-ridden blight on the Six Points Urban Village in east Fort Worth—to reduce homelessness by providing affordable housing for people, 80% of whom had lived unsheltered in the neighborhood. The DRC provides on-site case management to support residents and assure neighbors the Palm Tree Apartments will be an asset, and Fort Worth Housing Solutions vouchers keep rents affordable at the complex, the housing authority’s first site-based partnership with a private developer.
Flora has a gift for creating partnerships that blend data-driven nonprofit enterprise with private and public investment to lift the fortunes of people and neighborhoods, and the Palm Tree Apartments embody her style of philanthropy.
The Palm Tree Apartments are recognized as a model for permanent supportive housing and won an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in July 2017. In partnership with the DRC, the community also earned Paulos Foundation honors as 2017 Nonprofit Partner of the Year in A Night of Light presented by CNM Connect.
To date, the Palm Tree Apartments have made the following difference:
- Crimes against persons and property have fallen below city-wide rates;
- Crimes against property have decreased 23% from 2015 levels;
- 90% of project participants have remained housed three years later, whether they have stayed at the Palm Tree or moved on to other permanent housing placements.
Housing First makes housing last.
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