Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

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Kristina Tirloni 512-475-4743

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TDHCA Housing Resource Center
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TDHCA
Public and Policy Affairs
P.O. Box 13941
Austin, Tx 78711

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221 East 11th Street
Austin, Tx 78701

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Texas Ending Homelessness Fund initiative starts this month!

Registering a vehicle or renewing a vehicle registration this month? Texans can now donate to the Texas Ending Homelessness Fund (www.txhomelessfund.org) when registering or renewing their registration for a vehicle 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.

The Texas Ending Homelessness Fund is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The donations will help fund various activities including emergency housing and homeless prevention.

“The effects of homelessness can have wide-ranging consequences, both on families and communities,” said Tim Irvine, TDHCA Executive Director. “The donations collected through the Ending Homelessness Fund will help assist in efforts to counter those effects, help build stronger community engagement and outreach, and deliver crucial services and delivery of aid to those most in need.”

Donations to the fund will help:

  • Enhance the number and quality of emergency shelters
  • Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless
  • Encourage self sufficiency
  • Secure stable housing

While figures vary, the annual point-in-time count from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that more than 23,000 Texans are considered homeless, including approximately 7,000 living on the streets and more than 16,000 living in shelters and transitional housing.

“The Ending Homelessness Fund will allow those who serve the homeless to remove some barriers to effective care by providing or supplementing strategies to help the homeless move toward ‘independent living,’ ” said Mike Doyle, chairman of the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless (“TICH”). “It’s estimated that for every $1.00 of new income the homeless obtain through work, it will produce $7.00 in economic benefit to the community. This not only helps those that find themselves homeless but the community as well.”

 

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