We are joining with the Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team, Denton County Homeless Coalition, Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team's Veteran Workgroup, County municipalities and local agencies to work together to end Veteran Homelessness in Denton County.
WHAT IS THE 100-DAY CHALLENGE?
A community goal to help all Veterans experiencing homelessness in Denton County gain housing within 100 days. The timeline allows for a healthy level of pressure to be applied to reach the realistic, but challenging, goal of ending Veteran homelessness. As of the end of March 2021 there are currently 25 Veterans identified as experiencing homelessness in Denton County.
April 1st to July 10th, 2021
Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team and Denton County Homeless Coalition firmly believe that each person deserves a safe and stable place to call home. Denton County has been working on reducing the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness since 2018. Funding is now available and our system is in place to finally reach this goal.
For several years, local agencies have been working to complete crucial steps to get this point:
- creating coordinated systems of care,
- building outreach efforts in the community,
- identifying all Veterans,
- building programs,
- applying for funding,
- tracking and showing our needs
- and more.
Now our providers are meeting 1-2 times weekly to work on dynamic solutions for each identified Veteran. We are contacting housing providers, leveraging resources, and leaning on our connections to move our Veterans into housing as quickly as possible.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
FOLLOW us on social media & share to your network @UnitedWayDenton and @PointInTimeCount
PREPARE Welcome Home Kits so Veterans have what they need to succeed (Click to view/print list)
SUPPORT Veterans in overcoming barriers to housing not provided by other programs with a monetary donation.
PARTNER with our Housing Navigator to identify units if you are a property manager or landlord.
An end to Veteran homelessness means that our community will ensure homelessness among Veterans is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.
Specifically, as a community we will:
Quickly identify and engage Veterans at-risk of and/or already experiencing homelessness.
Intervene to prevent the loss of housing.
Provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured.
Quickly connect Veterans experiencing homelessness to housing assistance and services—tailored to their unique needs.
This is a call to action for the entire community
The collaborative county-wide efforts to address Veteran Homelessness includes:
the launch of the Denton County Veterans Center in 2017,
securing HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers,
and implementing a system so every person experiencing homelessness in Denton County can be identified and matched to appropriate services.
Veteran Homelessness Data
The Denton County Homelessness Dashboard includes data from a county-wide Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) that assists emergency shelters, housing, and supportive service providers to collect and store client data.
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) developed specific criteria and benchmarks to guide communities wanting to end Veteran homelessness. These criteria and benchmarks guide our community in our fight to end Veteran homelessness.
The image below represents our progress towards meeting those Criteria and Benchmarks.
Complete Criteria & Benchmarks Updates