Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities
July 18, 2011
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EDITORS: List of 44 organizations receiving an award follows

State housing agency commits $4.9 million statewide to prevent homelessness in Texas

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced a series of major funding awards designed to help homeless Texans secure permanent housing and strive toward self-sufficiency, bringing greater stability to individuals and the communities in which they live.

TDHCA awarded a total of $4.9 million in federal funds to 44 nonprofit organizations renovating or converting buildings for use as emergency shelters, as well as to help provide an array of essential services to homeless individuals.

“Despite the fact that the state’s economy continues to outperform that of the rest of the country, far too many Texans are on the brink of homelessness or are already homeless,” said Timothy Irvine, TDHCA Acting Executive Director.  

“Worse, we are seeing greater numbers of single mothers and children in shelters or on the streets,” he continued, “a situation that we simply should not tolerate. The awards THDCA announced today will work to reduce these numbers and begin to restore stability and self-sufficiency to the lives of thousands of Texans who lack a permanent home.”

The grants were made through TDHCA’s 2011 Emergency Shelter Grants Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition to converting or renovating buildings for use as shelters, eligible activities include assisting homeless persons obtain permanent housing; providing medical, nutritional and psychological counseling, substance abuse treatment, transportation and job training; and the development and implementation of homelessness prevention activities.

While figures vary, the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless estimates that 80,000 Texans are homeless on any given day and 265,000 Texans experience homelessness over the course of a year.


Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
2011 Emergency Shelter Grant Program Awards

The following 44 organizations received an award through the 2011 Emergency Shelter Grants Program:

Region 1

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Panhandle Crisis Center, Inc. Ochiltree, Hansford, Lipscomb $78,701
Women’s Protective Services of Lubbock, Inc. Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Garza, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry, Yoakum $100,000
Subtotal   $178,701

Region 2

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
No eligible applicants   $0
Subtotal   $0

Region 3

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
The Salvation Army – START Program Tarrant $98,750
Grayson County Juvenile Alternative, Inc. dba North Texas Connection Grayson, Fannin, Cooke $599,988
Mission Granbury, Inc. Hood $93,755
Johnson County Family Crisis Center Johnson $100,000
Presbyterian Night Shelter Tarrant $100,000
Hope, Inc. Denton $89,800
SafeHaven of Tarrant County Tarrant $51,950
Subtotal   $1,134,243

Region 4

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
East Texas Crisis Center Henderson, Smith, Rains, Van Zandt, Wood $100,000
Shelter Agencies For Families in East Texas, Inc. Lamar, Hopkins, Titus $60,000
The Salvation Army - Tyler Smith $100,000
Subtotal   $260,000

Region 5

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Love Inc. of Nacogdoches Nacogdoches $100,000
Women’s Shelter of East Texas Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Houston, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity $35,820
Subtotal   $135,820

Region 6

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Montrose Counseling Center, Inc. Harris $100,000
Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center, Inc. Matagorda $99,970
Westside Homeless Partnership Harris $100,000
Bread of Life, Inc. Harris $190,940
Humble Area Assistance Ministries Harris $100,000
SEARCH Homeless Services Harris $400,000
Northwest Assistance Ministries Harris $80,374
Subtotal   $1,071,284

Region 7

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Advocacy Outreach Bastrop $100,000
Youth and Family Alliance dba Lifeworks Travis $100,000
Safe Place - Travis County Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Survival Center Travis $80,000
Subtotal   $280,000

Region 8

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Families In Crisis, Inc. Bell, Coryell, Hamilton $99,980
Twin City Mission, Inc. Brazos $89,273
Family Abuse Center McLennan, Falls, Bosque, Freestone, Limestone, Hill $85,031
Subtotal   $274,284

Region 9

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Seton Home Bexar $100,000
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. Bexar, Comal, Wilson, Kerr, Bandera, Atascosa, Guadalupe, Medina, Kendall $100,000
Bexar County Bexar $100,000
The Salvation Army - San Antonio Bexar $100,000
Subtotal   $400,000

Region 10

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Mid-Coast Family Services, Inc. Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Jackson, Goliad, Gonzales, Refugio, Lavaca $99,999
The Salvation Army - Corpus Christi Nueces $100,000
Subtotal   $199,999

Region 11

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
Family Crisis Center Cameron, Willacy $94,559
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley Hidalgo, Starr $100,000
The Bishop Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center, Inc. Cameron $100,000
Wintergarden Women Shelter LaSalle, Maverick, Zavala $99,332
Loaves & Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. Cameron $100,000
The Salvation Army - McAllen Hidalgo $99,780
Subtotal   $593,671

Region 12

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
The Salvation Army - Big Spring Howard $50,000
The Salvation Army - Odessa Ector $75,000
Subtotal   $125,000

Region 13

Applicant Name Counties Served Award Amount
La Posada Home, Inc. El Paso $99,875
Center Against Family Violence, Inc. El Paso $60,000
El Paso Center for the Children El Paso $100,000
Subtotal   $259,875

STATE TOTAL: $4,912,877


About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is committed to expanding fair housing choice and opportunities for Texans through the administration and funding of affordable housing and homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services with the help of for-profits, nonprofits, and local governments. For more information about fair housing, funding opportunities, or services in your area, please visit www.tdhca.state.tx.us or the Learn about Fair Housing in Texas page. 

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