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Communitywide effort aims to house 50 youths in 100 days

Posted Sept. 5, 2019

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Mayor Betsy Price speaks in favor of an initiative to house 50 homeless youth by the end of the year.

With just over 100 days left in 2019, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) and partner organizations in the community kicked off an effort to house 50 youth aged 18-24 in the next 100 days.

Organizations across the local continuum of care have come together to create a system that accurately identifies, locates and engages with youth experiencing homelessness to quickly move them off the street and into permanent housing with appropriate support services in place. Whether they have been living on the street for many years or have just recently become homeless, Tarrant County has a variety of programs and services that can be tailored to meet each individual or family’s needs.

Partner organizations active in this collaborative effort with TCHC: the City of Fort Worth; City of Arlington; DRC Solutions; Presbyterian Night Shelter; Fort Worth Housing Authority; ACH Child and Family Services; City Square; Workforce Solutions; The Salvation Army; Arlington Life Shelter; Union Gospel Mission; MHMR Tarrant County; Arlington Housing Authority; Tarrant County independent school districts; and others.

“I’m excited to kick off the 100-day challenge to house 50 youth experiencing homelessness,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “These 100-day challenges help us to keep refining our system as we seek to end homelessness. This year’s focus is on youth ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness. These youth are the future of Fort Worth and Tarrant County — our future workforce, our future families, our future leaders. If we can intervene now, we can brighten their horizons for a lifetime.”

Assist the effort by texting 50YOUTH to 41444. Community members can also create welcome baskets to be given to young people as they move into their new home. To learn more about how to donate and get involved, contact Kayla Mosley.

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