Tarrant County is experiencing an unprecedented number of people experiencing homelessness. According to the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC), of which DRC Solutions is a partner agency, the nadir happened in April of 2020, when approximately 530 households (individuals, couples, and families) were experiencing homelessness in our community. Pandemic-era eviction moratoria and rental assistance staved off homelessness for many.
With the lifting of moratoria, people began to lose their housing. By December 31, 2022, almost 5,000 households had been without a permanent place to live at some point during the year, up 38% over 2019. While Tarrant County is making great strides housing the chronically homeless; simultaneously, new households are becoming homeless at an alarming rate. When people have no other place to go, they go to the streets. When people go to the streets, taxpayers foot the bill. Homelessness also negatively affects our county hospital system, our ambulance system, and our public libraries. In all of these areas, public resources are spent mitigating homelessness instead of solving it.
With your support, the DRC can continue to provide high quality, effective solutions to homelessness. Together, we can stand and say, “Not here, not in our city!” and commit to homelessness programs that actually work.