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Tarrant County Homeless Coalition names new leader

Tammy McGhee, most recently a project manager with JPS Health Network, has been named executive director of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, the board of director announced.

She will replace Otis Thornton, who became executive director in 2015 after leading the City of Fort Worth homeless program for nine years.

McGhee brings more than 17 years of experience with the issue of homelessness to the job.

TCHC is the umbrella organization that works to coordinate a network of housing and service providers across Tarrant and Parker Counties.

McGhee holds a master of science in social work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor of science degree in social work from Texas Christian University.

She previously worked at the Presbyterian Night Shelter and at Tarrant County Community Development. At JPS, she was responsible for the health system’s homeless and MedStar projects within the network.

“I am humbled and honored to be part of our great community coming together to use our strength, determination and resources to achieve solutions that all stakeholders can take pride in,” McGhee said in a news release.

“We have never been more prepared to instill hope and ensure a home for all by earnestly serving those experiencing homelessness with compassion, dignity, and cooperation. I am excited to be a part of such great work,” she said.

“McGhee’s HUD grant expertise will enrich the work of TCHC as the lead agency for TX-601 Continuum of Care. McGhee’s experience, knowledge and integrity are an ideal match to lead and support the TCHC staff, agency partners, constituents and other stakeholders in our community,” the board said.

Thornton, a passionate and often controversial advocate for the homeless, resigned from the agency for personal reasons. He recently married and is moving to Tennessee. He remained as head of the agency until the board found his replacement.

McGhee officially joins the organization Nov. 20.

– FWBP Staff

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