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).
Short-term assistance, 30 to 90 days, is frequently sufficient to help most individuals and families stabilize and secure permanent housing. Transitional housing is for individuals and families who need more assistance than rapid re-housing can offer but who do not qualify for permanent supportive housing – domestic violence survivors, homeless youth, and those in need of substance abuse treatment. It is not intended to function as temporary housing for those who really need permanent supportive housing or those who need less intensive assistance.
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.
Thanks to the Texas Veterans Commission grant award, we now have dedicated resources for veterans and their families. Rental and utility assistance is available for eligible participants to allow the necessary time to stabilize and connect with support services such as health care and job training.