There aren’t a lot of days left in 2019, but there’s enough to make a difference in the lives of homeless youngsters.
The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition and partner organizations are kicking off a 100-Day Challenge, a concerted effort over the remaining days of 2019 to help youths experiencing homeless. The goal is to reach at least 50 between the ages of 18 and 24 in the next 100 days.
Organizations across the local Continuum of Care worked together to create a system that accurately identifies, locates and engages with youths of this age, working to move them off the street and into permanent housing with support services.
Partners involved are hosting a kickoff event on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at ACH Child and Family Services, 3712 Wichita St. in Fort Worth. Local elected officials, including Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Arlington Council member Victoria Farrar-Myers, will speak at the event.
Community members can help greatly by using their smartphones to text 50YOUTH to 41444 to support the challenge. Community members also have the opportunity to create welcome baskets given to present to each youth as they move into their place to call home. To learn more, email Kayla Mosley at Kayla@ahomewithhope.org.
Partner organizations active in this collaborative effort with TCHC include the Cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, DRC- Solutions, Presbyterian Night Shelter, Fort Worth Housing Authority, ACH Child and Family Services, City Square, Workforce Solutions, The Salvation Army, Arlington Life Shelter, Union Gospel Mission, MHMR Tarrant County, Arlington Housing Authority, Tarrant County Independent School Districts, and others.