HOW WE ARE LEADING THE WAY THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION
By forming local partnerships, communities can better identify, engage, and respond to the needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.
DENTON COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION (DCHC)
The City of Denton assists in the coordination of the Denton County Homeless Coalition (DCHC), through staff administrative support.
Formed in 2001, DCHC is coalition of representatives from non-profit agencies, cities, school districts and citizens. Together they form a networking group that consist of a Steering Committee that meets monthly, and a General Body that meets quarterly. DCHC is not a 501(c) (3) organization.
DCHC members support the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care and work to eliminate homelessness. They help with planning efforts of local communities through collecting stakeholder input and information identified by service providers, and the data from the annual point-in-time homeless count.
DCHC oversees three projects:
- Serves as the Local Homeless Coalition as required by the Continuum of Care and by HUD for all communities receiving Federal Funding.
- Conducts the Annual Point-In-Time Count (PIT) is an important tool that provides communities a snapshot of the number of homelessness on any given night. A requirement by HUD for all communities receiving Federal Funding.
- Oversees the Barriers Fund, which is accessible to multiple nonprofits in Denton County helping families experiencing homelessness, get and stay housed. Funding is administered by the United Way of Denton County on behalf of the DCHC.
Their role is to connect community resources and support the use of evidenced based practices. They update providers on trends and changes in both priority services and service populations, as well as identify gaps or changes in services, and encourage innovations for continuous improvement.
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