The Office of Homeless Solutions has developed strategic and comprehensive initiatives to strengthen the Homeless Response System to address homelessness in the City of Dallas.
Homeless Workforce Sustainability
The Homeless Workforce Sustainability Initiative will intervene in homelessness in by providing workforce solutions to homeless persons which promote self-sufficiency and stability. The City seeks to award funding for an administrative entity to implement a certificate-earning, career-pathways workforce training program
for persons experiencing homelessness. The goal of the program is for participants to positively exit the program with stable housing and full-time employment. The City is interested in supporting evidenced-based, client-centered, and coordinated approaches that remove barriers to housing, education, training, and employment opportunities and retention. Additionally, the City intends to support programs with specialized skill training and workforce opportunities in regional high demand industries.
Supportive Housing for Seniors
According to the Point in Time (PIT) Count, there are close to 300 homeless seniors (+55) identified in the City of Dallas. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of homeless seniors by 10% by providing housing rental subsidies and supportive services for up to 24 months. The Office of Homeless Solutions anticipates funding will support homeless senior individuals who identified as chronically homeless (between P1 to P4) by the Continuum of Care.
System Enhancement Program
This program invests in services that strengthen the effectiveness of the homeless response system. System enhancements include, but are not limited to, case management, transportation, behavioral health services, workforce solutions, diversion services, re-entry services, etc. This program is intended to benefit homeless (sheltered or unsheltered), formerly homeless (now housed), or those at risk of becoming homeless. This program may serve individuals and/or families.
Dallas Home Investment Program
Operating funds that aim to leverage innovative and collaborative "shovel ready" capital projects for the addition of a minimum of 50 affordable housing units dedicated to persons experiencing homelessness. Housing types may include but are not limited to transitional housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing.
Landlord Subsidized Leasing Program
The City seeks to award funding to provide innovative, collaborative, and comprehensive services to provide maximum impact and effectiveness, while delivering positive outcomes for the homeless response system. The program provides financial assistance for eligible homeless persons and risk mitigation funds for landlords to address challenges faced by persons experiencing homelessness as they navigate the rental market.
Emergency Solutions Grant Program
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds can be used to provide a wide range of services and supports under the five program components: Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Rapid Rehousing, Homelessness Prevention, and HMIS.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, managed by HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, was established to provide housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Healthy Community Collaborative
The Dallas Healthy Community Collaborative (HCC) is designed to provide houseing-focused safe shelter and basic needs for individuals who have a mental illness or co-occuring psychiatric and substance use disorder and are experiencing homlessness.
Homeless Solutions Strategy
The Homeless Solutions Strategy concurrently meets the immediate need by providing habitable living environments for the unsheltered while developing the infrastructure for sustainability by increasing the supply of affordable housing.