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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.

Contributions to the Ending Homelessness Fund

From the launch date through March 2019, Texans have voluntarily contributed $177,222 to the Ending Homelessness Fund, averaging more than $11,500 each month.

TDHCA is working to align use of the contributions with the current federally-funded Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program and state-funded Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP), with the dollars tentatively scheduled for distribution in Fall 2019.

The Fund allows Texans the opportunity all year long to make a difference in the life of one individual or family,” said David Cervantes, acting director for TDHCA. “The donations given this year will do much to help counter the ill effects that homelessness has on our communities and state, and deliver crucial resources to help families and individuals most in need.

Contributions to the Fund will help enhance the number and quality of emergency shelters, prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless, encourage self-sufficiency behaviors and secure stable housing. At such time when contributions will be distributed, a Notice of Funding Availability will be released with equal amounts directed to TDHCA-approved and active ESG providers, including current city or municipality providers.

By the Numbers

According to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (www.hud.gov), on a given night in January in Texas…

  • 19,199 Persons were homeless;
  • 1,378 Unaccompanied youth (under the age of 25) were homeless;
  • 1,935 Veterans were homeless; and
  • 6,111 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!