February 8, 2024
City Awarded Funding for Homelessness Assistance
For Immediate Release:
TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the City $277,667 in homelessness assistance funding as part of a competitive grant competition under the Texas Homeless Network Continuum of Care (CoC) Program for FY 2024-2025.
Texarkana, Texas Community Development Specialist Megan Price speaks to how this highly competitive grant is open annually to collaborative partnerships that successfully address homelessness.
“Funding from this yearly program will provide transitional housing for up to 30 individuals for a period of at least 24 months,” said Price. “We plan to continue trying to increase our award amount yearly to enable the Doorways Program to service more of our unhoused population and ensure they have access to all the services they need to become financially independent and self-sufficient when they exit the program.”
The City of Texarkana, Texas applied for Continuum of Care funding in partnership with homeless services providers Mission Texarkana, Inc. and Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter as members in the Texarkana Homeless Coalition Doorways Home program. The City received its initial funding from this program in 2012 with a three-year grant, with each grant since lasting only a year.
The Continuum of Care Program is designed to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The program uses an approach that removes the common barriers often found in housing assistance programs and contributes to the overall goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
With homelessness numbers continuing to increase in the United States and resources falling short, cities are doing their best to address root causes and find solutions.