The City of Denton is leading community efforts to address homelessness. A citizen task force organized in 2015 by Mayor Chris Watts explored resources and activities that could improve and expand housing solutions for the homeless in Denton.
The goal of the task force was to produce a plan for coordinated community–wide efforts to find solutions to homelessness. Simply put, the group developed a plan of support to help our homeless citizens find – and keep – homes.
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The City of Denton leverages Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and City general funds to collaborate with local agencies. The Human Services Grant provides funding to agencies like Denton County Friends of the Family, Giving HOPE, Inc., Interfaith and the Salvation Army Denton for programs that work on the issue of homelessness, homeless shelters, and the prevention of homelessness.
Through the other grants the City of Denton seeks to work in collaboration with local agencies to ensure there are services in the community that are helping the homeless get housing and preventing homelessness for those at risk of losing housing. The City is also a funding partner for the Denton County Homeless Leadership Team.
DCHC completes an annual “Point in Time” Homeless Count to track the number of homeless citizens in our community. PIT is important to all communities, providing snapshot of who experiences homeless on any given night. Interviews of individuals were conducted by volunteers at various sites and at social service agencies in the community.
DENTON COUNTY HOMELESS LEADERSHIP TEAM
In a public private partnership the City of Denton and United Way have come together to fund the Denton County Homeless leadership Team (DCHLT). DCHLT fosters an effective and coordinated system of homelessness prevention and intervention, resulting in homelessness that is rare, brief and nonrecurring through:
- Community awareness and connection
- Data-driven, evidenced-based, fiscally responsible recommendations
- Innovative solutions around affordable housing, access to primary and behavioral health care services, adequate incomes and coordinated services
- Mobilizing, advocating and empowering public-private community-wide collaboration
DENTON COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION (DCHC)
Formed in 2001, DCHC works throughout Denton County to help address the needs of the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The coalition is comprised of representatives from non-profit agencies, Denton County cities, school district and other interested members of the community.
Using stakeholder input and information identified by service providers and; the data collected from annual point-in-time homeless count DCHC's commitment to reducing homelessness happens through connecting community resources; reviewing and approving goals for the provision of services; updating priority services and service populations; identifying gaps in service, changes in services offered, and populations served; and encouraging innovations for continuous improvement.
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