Posted on: November 13, 2017

Texarkana Awarded State and Federal Funds for Homeless Service Providers

The City of Texarkana, Texas has been awarded $449,786 in homelessness assistance funding as part of a grant competition under the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program from the U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development.

The City of Texarkana, Texas applied for ESG funds with homeless services providers including Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter and the Ark-Tex Council of Governments as members of the Texarkana Homeless Coalition. The goal of the program is to provide services necessary to help persons at-risk of homelessness or homeless quickly regain stability in permanent housing.

Executive Director of Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter and Texarkana Homeless Coalition Homeless Count Committee Chair, Jennifer Laurent, says the funding is important to provide expanded services and coordinated access in Texarkana.

“The expanded ability to serve, paired with the services offered from partner agencies, will make all the difference for so many seeking assistance. This funding will mean the difference between homelessness and remaining housed, finding shelter and obtaining housing for some. This funding will truly continue to make a world of difference in our community,” Laurent said.

April Carl, Regional Development Coordinator with the Ark-Tex Council of Governments emphasized the importance of a coordinated community response to homelessness in the Northeast Texas Region.

“At the state and national level, added emphasis is being given towards working together efficiently with limited resources,” Carl said. “Homelessness is too complex, and those currently without basic needs met are too valuable, for our service providers to not do everything possible to work together.”

“This grant is another key piece of the efforts of the Homeless Coalition to work together through a coordinated entry system to address homeless issues in a comprehensive way,” said Zee Carroll, Neighborhood Services Manager for the City of Texarkana, Texas. “While there are only a few agencies named as lead partners, this would not be possible without countless other individuals, churches and organizations in our community dedicated to ending homelessness.”

For more information about this release, contact David Orr at dorr@txkusa.org or (903) 798-3902.

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