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FWHA develops, owns, and operates quality affordable and accessible housing for citizens of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with a range of incomes utilizing various federal, state, and local programs. Our agency currently provides more than 6,000 units of quality affordable housing and serves more than 18,000 citizens.

Special Programs

The Fort Worth Housing Authority (FWHA) administers various programs designed to assist homeless individuals and families.  Assistance may include housing search assistance, payment of rental unit security deposit, and short term or long term rental assistance. 

The FHWA administers housing assistance; however, all programs are in cooperation and collaboration with our community partners.  All applicants for homeless assistance programs are referred by our community partners.  Program eligibility is determined by the agency and confirmed by the FWHA. 

Please note:  our community partners may have additional criteria for applicants, in addition to meeting the homeless definition.

To be eligible for rental assistance programs, a family or individual MUST be homeless, and/or disabled, according to federal guidelines.  FWHA utilizes the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of homelessness for Category 1 and 4, for all programs.

Homeless:  means Category 1 or Category 4 per the HUD definition.

Category 1, “Literally Homeless”, Individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:

Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation;

Is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state, and local government programs); or

Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for ninety (90) days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.

Category 4, “Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence”, Any individual or family who:

Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence;

Has no other residence; and

Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.

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Continuum of Care Permanent Supportive Housing Program (formerly Shelter Plus Care)

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program, formerly known as the Shelter Plus Care (SPC) program, is a Federally funded program regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), managed and operated by the Fort Worth Housing Authority (FWHA).  The purpose of the PSH program is to provide permanent housing in connection with supportive services to homeless persons with disabilities and their families.

This program provides rental assistance to homeless and disabled persons (through the HEARTH/McKinney Homeless Act of 2009).  Rental assistance for eligible individuals under this program must be matched with supportive service dollars from the referring agency.  

PSH began in 1995 and operates under 4 grants, to assist 454 individuals and families. Participants can remain on the program as long as funds are available and they are compliant with program guidelines.  Grants are renewed based on available funding on an annual basis. 

Primary Target Populations Include Persons With:

§  Serious mental illness

§  Chronic problems with alcohol and / or drugs


Community partnering agencies include: Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County, VA Homeless Veterans Program, Salvation Army, Samaritan Housing, Recovery Resource Council, Texas Re-Entry Services and Presbyterian Night Shelter.

Directions Home Voucher Program

The Directions Home Voucher Program (DHVP) is a program designed to assist chronically homeless individuals or families.  DHVP provides rental assistance and supportive services.  DHVP is funded through a joint collaboration of the City of housing       authority

Fort Worth and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs as a part of the City of Fort Worth’s Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.  This program provides housing for up to 174 individuals and families.

Community partner agencies for this program are:  MHMRTC of Tarrant County, Salvation Army, YWCA, and Texas Re-Entry. 

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Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

The Fort Worth Housing Authority has partnered with Cornerstone and the Samaritan House to provide housing assistance to single individuals.  This housing program differs from other programs offered.  The housing assistance is designated at specific housing properties and is not eligible for continued assistance if the program participant chooses to end rental assistance.  This program provides housing for up to 70 individuals.

Cornerstone Assistance Network - New Life Center SRO

The 18 unit New Life Center is owned and managed by the non-profit organization Cornerstone Assistance Network and is dedicated to providing housing stability for homeless persons who have a willingness and desire to return to the workforce.

Application can be made at New Life Center, 1628 Sixth Ave or at the Day Resource Center, 1351 E. Lancaster.

Samaritan House

Samaritan House is owned and managed by the non-profit organization Tarrant County Samaritan Housing, Inc. Samaritan House is dedicated to housing homeless HIV+ and AIDS individuals.  The 52-unit complex is located at 929 South Hemphill in a renovated former nursing facility. Some of the services offered at Samaritan House include: Nutrition counseling and meals, case management, counseling, transportation, assistance with coordination of medical care, medication management, 24 hour resident care, substance abuse counseling, life skills training, social activities, computer access and follow-up care.

Application can be made at 929 Hemphill.

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The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

The VASH program is designed to assist chronically homeless veterans and their families.  The HUD-VASH is funded through a joint collaboration of HUD and VA.  The program is managed and operated by the FWHA.  The VA determines the eligibility and provides referrals to the FWHA.  This program provides housing for up to 322 veterans.


Healthy Community Collaborative (HCC)

The Healthy Community Collaborative Program (HCC) is a program designed to assist chronically homeless individuals or families with severe mental health illness.  It provides rental short term and long term rental assistance, as well as supportive services for persons who are homeless.  HCC is funded through a joint collaboration of Tarrant County Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMRTC) and various community partners including the Fort Worth Housing Authority.  This program provides housing for up to 150 individuals and families.

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Families in need of rental assistance should click on How to Apply to obtain information on eligibility and how to make application for assistance