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100 in 100: Tarrant County launches push to end veteran homelessness

The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) and partner organizations in the community kicked off an effort Sept. 24 to move 100 homeless veterans off the streets and into a place to call home in the last 100 days of 2018. TCHC said in a news release.

“Fort Worth is a community known to rise to a challenge – and what better cause than coming together to tackle veteran homelessness? From caseworkers to landlords to compassionate citizens, we all have a role to play in reaching our goal to house 100 veterans in 100 days,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

TCHC said that organizations across the local Continuum of Care have come together to create a system that accurately identifies, locates and engages with veterans experiencing homelessness to quickly move them off the street and into permanent housing with appropriate support services in place.

Partner organizations active in this collaborative effort with TCHC include: cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, DRC-Solutions, Presbyterian Night Shelter, Fort Worth Housing Authority, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Veterans Affairs, The Salvation Army, Arlington Life Shelter, Union Gospel Mission, MHMR Tarrant County, Endeavors, Arlington Housing Authority, Tarrant County Housing Authority and others.

“HUD commends the TCHC and their partners, including the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, for pursuing this challenge to end veteran homelessness,” said Beth Van Duyne, HUD Regional Administrator. “Ending chronic veteran homelessness has long been a goal at HUD. People who have honorably served their country don’t belong on the street and this community partnership is determined to end that in Tarrant County, once and for all.”

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