We transform lives by stabilizing families, providing hope and housing for homeless women and children in crisis.

More than 7,000 children under age 6 will experience homelessness in Tarrant County this year alone





We all deserve a safe place to live

Family Housing

Homelessness has a devastating impact on children. Homeless children move a lot; some will change schools two, three, even four times in a year. Any teacher will tell you it’s impossible for kids to learn with this kind of disruption. Yet a quality education is key to getting out of poverty.

We can change the odds for these kids


Through Family Housing, we help families quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing, increase their income and stay housed for good. We combine stable housing with job training and placement, individualized financial coaching, child care, health and mental health care referrals, and the support of trauma-informed trained social workers to support these families as they become emotionally and financially self-sufficient.


Keeping little feet off the streets

  • Safely sheltered 119 families last year

  • 91% remain housed, paying rent without assistance, after graduating the program


For every family we move out of homelessness, our community saves more than $20,000 per family, per year in reduced costs for health care, child protection intervention, special education, crime remediation and more.

Emergency Shelter & Transitional Living for Women

While our Emergency Shelter is not a domestic violence shelter, it is quickly becoming the first line of defense for homeless, female victims of crime and abuse. We aim to provide a healing environment for these women as they become emotionally and financially self-sufficient.


Poverty and violence go hand in hand


More than 90% of homeless women have experienced violence as both an adult and a child. Oftentimes, a woman will escape abuse, only to find herself at high risk of assault again, while trying to survive on the streets. While statistics show that domestic violence does indeed occur across the income spectrum, women who are poor are much more likely to stay with their abusers longer and return to them sooner than women who are middle income. They literally cannot afford to end the abuse.

Shelter services extend beyond room and board for a few months. Participants also receive counseling, individualized financial coaching, health and mental health care referrals, life skills training, assistance with education and job training and placement, and ongoing support and guidance from trauma-informed trained social workers as they transform from victims to self-sufficient strong survivors and contributing members of our community.


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​​Call Us:

1 (817) 332-6191

​Find Us: 
512 West 4th Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

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