(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs recently awarded $8.7 million in Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds to 38 cities and nonprofit organizations providing assistance to individuals and families who might otherwise become homeless, as well as to rapidly re-house people who become homeless.
One area agency was among the groups awarded funding to help prevent or mitigate the effects of homelessness across the state. Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, known as SAFE-T, was designated to receive $149,380 to continue providing shelter and additional services for abused women and children in Hopkins, Camp, Delta, Franklin, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus counties. In operation since 1995, SAFE-T’s services now include many additional programs including Sexual Assault, R.I.S.K. (Resource, Information, Skills and Knowledge), an anger management group for teens, and the Transitional Housing and Child Supervised Visitation and Exchange programs.
“The high cost of homelessness falls not just on individuals and families but also Texas communities, and reducing its impact is an important mission of the Department,” TDHCA Executive Director Tim Irvine said Thursday. “When homeless individuals obtain housing, their use of all other public resources tends to decline dramatically: arrest rates fall, emergency room visits drop, individuals attain employment, and their condition generally stabilizes.
“The awards THDCA announced today will help reach greater numbers of individuals and families before they become homeless while restoring stability and self-sufficiency to the lives of thousands of Texans who already find themselves with no permanent home,” he concluded.
The grants were made through TDHCA’s 2012 ESG Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers a number of state and federal programs through for-profit, nonprofit and local government partnerships to strengthen communities through affordable housing development, home ownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services for Texans in need.
In addition to helping individuals obtain permanent housing, ESG funds can assist with the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters, the payment of eligible expenses relating to the operation of an emergency shelter, and the provision of essential services to homeless individuals.
Services may include medical, nutritional and psychological counseling; substance abuse treatment; transportation and job training; and the development and implementation of homelessness prevention activities.
SAFE-T’s mission is to create an environment where abuse and violence are not tolerated in the communities served.
While figures vary, the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless estimates that 37,000 Texans on any given night sleep on the streets, in campsites, under bridges, in abandoned lots, in emergency shelters, and in numerous other places not intended for human habitation. More information about SAFE-T can be found online at:
- Other recipients of the $8,787,154.34 awarded in ESG funding included:
- East Texas Crisis Center Inc., $114,747.60 for Henderson, Rains, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood counties
- Advocacy Outreach, $343,236.15 for Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and Travis counties
- Advocacy Resource Center for Housing (ARCH), $150,000 Hidalgo County
- Bay Area Homeless Services Inc., $145,685 for Chambers, Harris and Liberty counties
- Career and Recovery Resources, $452,685.15 for Harris County
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, $149,949 for Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties
- City of Amarillo, $242,247.79 for Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman and Wheeler counties
- City of Denton, $472,140.15 for Denton County
- Corpus Christi Metro Ministries Inc., $150,000 for Nueces County
- Family Abuse Center Inc., $284,143.15 for Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, McLennan and Navarro counties
- Family Crisis Center, Inc., $271,105.15 for Cameron and Willacy counties
- Family Endeavors Inc., $97,652.90 for Bexar County
- Family in Crisis, $149,995 for Bell County
- Family Violence Prevention Services Inc., $150,000 for Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Medina, Guadalupe and Wilson counties
- Fort Bend County Women's Center Inc., $539,528.15 for Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Wharton counties
- Friendship of Women Inc., $298,892.15 for Cameron County
- Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE), $79,854 for Tarrant County
- Grayson County Juveniles Alternatives known as North Texas Youth Connection, $602,685.15 and Cooke, Grayson and Fannin counties
- Houston Area Women's Center, $150,000 for Harris County
- Johnson County Family Crisis Center, $100,000 for Johnson County
- La Posada Providencia, for $280,282.15 for Cameron, Frio, Hidalgo and Webb counties
- Love In the Name of Christ of Nacogdoches, $150,000 for Nacogdoches County
- Mid-Coast Family Services, $150,000 Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca and Victoria counties
- Opportunity Center for the Homeless, $260,922.74 for El Paso County
- Panhandle Crisis Center Inc., $75,102 for Hansford, Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties
- Project Vida, $153,685.15 for Culberson, El Paso and Hudspeth counties
- SafeHaven of Tarrant County, $150,000 for Tarrant County
- San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries Inc., $602,685.15 for Bexar County
- SEARCH Homeless Services, $452,685.15 for Harris County
- The Family Place, $452,685.15 for Dallas County
- The Salvation Army - Abilene, $150,000 for Callahan, Jones, Nolan, Runnels and Taylor counties
- The Salvation Army - Forth Worth Mabee Center, $100,000 for Tarrant County
- The Salvation Army - McAllen, $150,000 for Hidalgo County
- The Salvation Army - Odessa, $128,490 for Ector County
- The Salvation Army - Texarkana, $150,000 Bowie and Cass counties
- Women's Shelter of East Texas Inc. known as Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas, $75,000 for Angelina, Houston, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby and Trinity counties
- Youth and Family Alliance knwon as LifeWorks, $211,690.36 for Travis County
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