Program Spotlight: The Texas Foundations Fund

February 16, 2018 | by Laura Ross

Categories: Home Rehabilitation/Repairs, Supportive Housing Services, Texas Foundations Fund

Through the Texas Foundations Fund, TSAHC partners with nonprofit organizations across Texas in support of housing services that meet the critical housing needs of very low-income households.

To date TSAHC has invested more than $2.9 million to support critical home repairs and accessibility modifications, as well as supportive housing services.

During the 2016-2017 funding cycle, TSAHC awarded matching grants to 25 nonprofits. We’ve spotlighted two of our nonprofit partners below.

Tarrant County Samaritan Housing, Inc. - Supportive Housing Services

Tarrant County Samaritan Housing, Inc. (Samaritan House) provides permanent supportive housing to individuals and families in Tarrant County at risk of homelessness or suffering from debilitating chronic and disabling conditions such as HIV/AIDS, mental illness or physical impairments.

Samaritan House used the matching grant it received from TSAHC to fund the residential supportive services they provide to the residents of their three residential facilities.

Below is the story of James, a former resident in the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) and Genesis Programs.  

James learned about Samaritan House from a social worker at an area homeless shelter. Within days of applying for housing, he moved into a unit in Samaritan House’s SRO.   He took full advantage of the supportive services provided by Samaritan House, which helped him become both healthier and happier.

After three years of unemployment, he was also able to find a job, which enabled him to buy a car and move out of the SRO into Samaritan House’s Genesis Program, which provides scatte

James stated, “I will never forget how broken I was when I first walked through the doors of Samaritan House.  I will never forget the anxious, yet, exciting joy I felt standing in my room for the first time.  I will never forget all that Samaritan House helped me to achieve.”

Easter Seals of Central Texas – Critical Home Repair

Easter Seals Central Texas, Inc. has been a leader in providing housing services to individuals with disabilities and their families for more than 20 years. Since 2003, they have performed critical home repairs and accessibility modifications through the Critical Home Accessibility Modification Program (CHAMP).

Easter Seals utilized its matching grant from TSAHC to remove architectural barriers within two homes in rural Central Texas, enabling the home owners  to become more independent within their home and the community. 

One of the families assisted with TSAHC’s matching grant was the Hernandez family in Maxwell, Texas. Mr. Hernandez is a disabled veteran caring for his wife who uses a wheelchair. With support from TSAHC, the Hernandez family received a new wheelchair ramp and an accessible shower.

They are now able to use the wheelchair ramp and shower with confidence and no longer have to worry about safety and stability. In addition, all the floors in their home were replaced, giving them easier access to the bathroom and kitchen.  

To learn more about  the Texas Foundations Fund, click here.

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