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Ending Homelessness Fund

Beginning on January 1, 2018, Texas vehicle owners will have an opportunity to donate to Texas’ Ending Homelessness Fund with any first-time Vehicle Registration or Vehicle Registration Renewal online at www.texas.gov or when registering or renewing vehicle registration at a county tax assessor-collector office, substation, or subcontractor, such as a participating grocery store.

Donations to Texas’ Ending Homelessness Fund will:

  • Help prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless; and
  • Help families and individuals experiencing homelessness secure stable housing; and
  • Help emergency shelters support families and individuals experiencing homelessness to move toward self sufficiency.

By the Numbers

According to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (www.hud.gov), on a given night in January in Texas…

  • 23,548 Persons were homeless;
  • 1,318 Youth (under the age of 25) were homeless;
  • 2,200 Veterans were homeless; and
  • 6,840 People in families with children were homeless.

About the Fund

The 85th Texas Legislature passed H.B. 4102, which was enacted to be effective on September 1, 2017. The act amended Subchapter H, Chapter 502, Transportation Code to add Section 502.415, Voluntary Contribution to Ending Homelessness Fund. This section allows registrants of a motor vehicle in Texas to elect to contribute any amount of funds to the newly established Ending Homelessness fund. Funds will be sent by the assessor-collector to the comptroller, and held in trust to be administered by the Department as trustee. The funds must be utilized to provide grants to counties and municipalities to combat homelessness. The act further requires the Department to adopt rules governing applications for grants from the Fund, and the issuance of those grants.

Watch this page for more information and details coming soon!