Giving Hope serves as a front door to a Continuum of Care comprised of rental assistance and support services aimed at making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Community support helps us give a hand up to individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Denton County, Texas.
Our proactive approach to needs assessment of people living in places not meant for human habitation is supported by civic leaders and law enforcement. Data collected from the Point in Time Count drives our efforts to engage and offer assistance to the most vulnerable population in Denton County.
Early intervention is crucial when someone’s housing stability is placed in jeopardy by a job loss, medical emergency, or family conflict. A cascade effect that turns a temporary situation into chronic crisis can be avoided with intensive case management that helps someone explore untapped community resources or mediation services.
Evidence shows that the negative impacts of prolonged homelessness are significantly reduced by the Housing First response to homelessness. Efforts to prevent loss of employment, substance abuse, non-adherence to healthcare provider instructions, and school absenteeism require community partners to increase our clients’ positive outcomes.
Rapid re-housing can increase the capacity of emergency shelters to make beds available for those who homelessness is not prevented. This response allows a lower cost per household – increasing the total number of households that can be served with the same amount of funding. The rate of success sharply improves with the use of tools such as Coordinated Entry (CE) and the Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS).
Transitional housing at The Wheeler House is for female head of household families. Families are provided temporary housing for single mothers and children experiencing homelessness. Space is available for up to four families at a time. While at Wheeler the participants receive one-on-one intensive case management to include but not limited to: budget counseling, life skills training, and housing search assistance. Program participants also meet monthly with Texas Woman’s University Occupational Therapy students and a counselor from Youth & Family Therapy. In a group led by a Youth & Family Therapy Counselor, the mothers cover topics ranging from learning and understanding different parenting styles to the importance of self-care. The children work with Occupational Therapy students creating crafts and playing games that increase fine motor skills, agility, or work to improve their had to eye coordination in a fun setting. can offer but who do not qualify for permanent supportive housing.
Permanent Supportive Housing
A vital component of our Permanent Supportive Housing program is case management. Individuals with disabilities and those who need long-term supportive services to ensure housing stability that prevents a return to homelessness may qualify for this program. Case managers complete a needs assessment and may make referrals to our partner agencies for assistance with food, clothing, household items, budget counseling, and health services. Follow up every step of the way insures timely and appropriate intervention when necessary.
We are proud to support men and women that served our country. We work closely with other service providers in our community to assist each service member as they transition to civilian life, regardless of when they separated from the military.
Pathway to Success
Pathway provides access to economic mobility by connecting families to secondary education and the support necessary to focus on academic success. In partnership with North Central Texas College, our Educational Navigator assist participants every step of the way. From the start participants are assisted with retrieving transcripts, applying for financial aid, and are provided additional support to remove barriers to success. Once participants complete their academic studies they are able to work with the NCTC career service center counselors to complete interest assessments, receive career advice, obtain detailed labor market information, assisted with resume development, and job placement w/ wage reimbursement for employers.