Introducing the Texas Supportive Housing Institute

August 21, 2020 | by Anna Orendain

Categories: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Supportive Housing Services

In collaboration with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), TSAHC has launched the Texas Supportive Housing Institute, a new initiative that seeks to provide developers, service providers and property managers with the information, resources and tools they need to build successful supportive housing projects.

The Institute will be meeting virtually from September through December, with six teams from across Texas. We're proud to introduce these teams to you.  

Meet the Participants 

Community Development Corporation of Freedmen’s Town (CDCFT) 

A non-profit organization based in Houston, TX, CDCFT aims to empower their community and preserve heritage in the Freedmen’s Town/Fourth Ward neighborhood.  

CDCFT hopes to rehabilitate three single-site properties in order to provide low-income families and individuals with affordable, decent, high-quality housing. Through their supportive housing development, CDCFT hopes to revitalize their community and its culture. 

Community Development Corporation of Brownsville (come dream. come build. or CDCB) 

come dream. come build. is a non-profit organization based in Brownsville, TX. CDCB has spent 45 years operating under the belief that access to affordable housing, financial stability, and quality education builds a future of success for both individuals and their communities.  

With their supportive housing development, CDCB hopes to create a mixed-use project that not only provides high-quality housing and supportive services to the chronically homeless but also provides their residents and their community with a grocery store.  

Community Transition Homes (CTH) 

A fairly young organization, CTH was created with the underlying belief that every human has the right to a humane and quality life. CTH aims to provide Texans with opportunities for growth and financial independence, all while providing them with the support they need. 

CTH plans on creating a single-site development in Dallas, TX, providing 120 units of supportive housing to individuals and families that are chronically homeless, veterans, and single parents.  

Directions Home 

Directions Home is a two-person unit in the Fort Worth City Manager’s office committed to making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Directions Home hopes to use their resources through the City of Fort Worth to encourage the development of permanent supportive housing by connecting interested developers to non-profit service providers.  

They hope to create 200 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19 and experiencing chronic homelessness. With this project, Directions Home intends to improve the health conditions of a vulnerable population not covered through other funding sources. 

SouthFair Community Development Corporation (SouthFair CDC) 

A non-profit organization formed in 1991, SouthFair CDC provides affordable housing for low-to-moderate income households in Dallas, TX. Though this will be their first supportive housing project, the organization has an established history of providing the South Dallas area with multifamily and single-family developments, in addition to social services.  

SouthFair CDC hopes to create a supportive housing project that will serve a growing population of chronically homeless individuals and families in their community. Their wish is that this development will not only benefit the vulnerable population living within the project but also the surrounding community as a whole. 

The Way Back House (The Way Back) 

Located in Dallas, TX, The Way Back House provides targeted veterans and civilian individuals with the education, mentorship, career training, and employment they need to reenter their community.  

The Way Back House hopes to use this project to expand its supportive housing units and double their current available housing inventory. Their development will provide critical housing opportunities for individuals seeking societal reentry. 

Thank You to Our Supporters 

Allow us to take a moment to extend our gratitude to our generous supporters: BBVATexas Capital BankInsperity, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase & Co. It's through their support that we're able to offer this Institute and address the housing needs of Texas' most vulnerable residents. 

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Hi Michele, we would highly recommend contacting Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Caritas of Austin, and the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) for volunteer positions! All three are great organizations that are doing their part to end homelessness in Central Texas.

Michele Alston

Good Afternoon:
I would like to know if you have any volunteer positions for advocating the homeless with housing.  I was an advocate for the veterans and homeless in my hometown.  I’m new in the Central Texas area.  Please advise.  Thank you and Be safe.

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