CitySquare has seven initiatives aimed at preventing and ending homelessness in Dallas County.
Housing for Homeless Veterans – CitySquare currently provides housing for more than 30 veterans annually through three of its housing programs. Some veterans qualify through the Dallas Housing Authority for VASH vouchers and are placed in CityWalk@Akard, (see below). Others are placed in CitySquare’s ESG-RRH or Destination Home programs and receive assistance with furniture, household goods, transportation, and case management services.
ESG – Rapid Rehousing (ESG-RRH) – CitySquare receives federal funds through the City of Dallas to house 60 homeless individuals annually using 60 scattered-site vouchers from the Dallas Housing Authority. Using Housing First principles the ESG-RRH staff connects individuals to services within CitySquare and through other community partners. CitySquare’s case management focuses on short-to-mid-term assistance while helping individuals towards greater self-sufficiency. The Rapid Rehousing team places some of the most service-resistant individuals in Dallas into stable housing.
Destination Home (DH) – Since 2006, CitySquare’s Destination Home program has housed more than 1,500 individuals who were chronically homeless. Through Continuum of Care funding from H.U.D. , Destination Home provides permanent supportive housing and case management services to over 140 individuals annually. These individuals receive counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, job support/training, and a variety of other services designed to stabilize their lives and establish a pattern of healthier behaviors leading to self-sufficiency.
Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC) – TRAC is a “one stop” assessment and referral facility for youth “aging out” of foster and juvenile care in a 19-county area served by Child Protective Services – North Texas region. TRAC brings together community resources and intensive case management services to benefit this special group of young people. TRAC has two HUD-funded grants which serve two different targeted populations. The OnTRAC Permanent Housing Project has the capacity to serve 35 young adults, 18-24 years old, who were formerly in foster or juvenile care and are currently disabled and homeless. TRAC Transitional Living Housing program has the capacity to serve 15 youth who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Transitional living is designed to assist youth needing short-term housing assistance. This program is designed to assist youth in transitioning from a ‘system of care’ to self-sufficiency.
CityWalk@Akard (CityWalk) – CitySquare’s partner, Central Dallas Community Development Corporation (CDCDC), owns and operates a 15-story building in downtown Dallas. This unique and diverse vertical neighborhood is home to 200 low-income individuals, half of which were formerly homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. CityWalk provides quality, affordable housing for low-income wage earners who work in and around downtown Dallas. The CitySquare Community Life Team provides supportive services using a Housing First approach to the individuals and families who live at CityWalk. One hundred sixty (160) of the 200 apartments at CityWalk are funded through vouchers from the Dallas Housing Authority. Individuals and families who have DHA vouchers, or who wish to see if they qualify for a project-based vouchers, should contact the CityWalk leasing office (4th floor) at 214-468-8826.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing – Through the financial support of private donors, foundations, government and non-profit agencies CitySquare and the CDCDC have teamed up to provide one of the most unique housing programs in the Southwest. The Cottages are located across the street from the CitySquare Opportunity Center (1610 So. Malcolm X Blvd., Dallas 75226). These 50 units of permanent supportive housing are 400+-sq. ft. “tiny homes” designed to provide stable housing for homeless individuals who otherwise would have difficulty finding housing due to their backgrounds. At a significant savings to the City and the County on site medical and mental health services are provided for all residents.
Healthy Community Collaborative – Through a partnership with the City of Dallas, emergency shelters and other non-profit agencies CitySquare provides street outreach, housing placement and 75 units of rapid rehousing (bridge housing) for chronically homeless individuals prioritized by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. As a “Housing First” program, supportive services are provided to stabilize persons with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.