The City of Denton has a number of initiatives and projects in progress to support the Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team's goals and strategic plan to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
The Denton County Homelessness Dashboard obtains data from a county-wide Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) that assists emergency shelters, housing and supportive service providers to collect and store client data. Point in Time Count is an annual survey counts Denton County’s unsheltered and sheltered homeless on one night to better understand the nature of homelessness.
Denton Community Shelter at Loop 288
In 2020, City Council approved the purchase of the property at 909 Loop 288, a 34,000 square foot building, for a co-located day center and overnight shelter to provide services to people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The City partners with Our Daily Bread (ODB) to provide services at the facility. City staff, Our Daily Bread and other stakeholders worked on design development that was presented to City Council in February 2021. In April, Council directed staff to proceed with the next steps for construction drawings, contractor procurement and beginning construction. The facility opened December 14, 2022.
The Denton Community Shelter located at 909 North Loop 288 Denton, TX 76209, is open 7 days a week. At the shelter ODB offers a nourishing meal, bed, clothes, showers, and other supportive services to its guests.
These services allow ODB to be an all-encompassing support both day and night solidifying our mission of caring for the at-risk in our community while maintaining their dignity.
City Funding & Support
The City of Denton provides financial support through the City's General Fund and State and Federal Funds received. Visit our Grants Page to view a list of the City's community partners.
Homeless Outreach Team
The City deploys a collaborative approach to homeless street outreach including law enforcement and nonprofit partners. The Denton Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) employs two full-time officers who engage with people living unsheltered. HOT partners with Giving Grace, a local nonprofit, to connect people living unsheltered to housing, mental health, substance use treatment and other resources. HOT responds to community requests and proactively connects with people living unsheltered to address any health and safety concerns and help people move from homeless to housed.
Residents with concerns of individuals living unsheltered can submit requests through the Engage Denton service portal.