AUGUST 2021 | News You Can Use
Dear FWHS Community,

For all of you who are raising school-age children or support them, we wish you the very best as they adjust to the new school year and fall schedules. Their health, and that of your entire family, is especially on our minds this month.

Our offices remain closed to the public as Tarrant County continues to rate the community spread level of COVID-19 as “high.” We, like many of you, are wearing masks again when we gather with colleagues and using virtual meeting platforms to minimize risk as we continue to support our residents, landlords and community partners. We strongly encourage vaccination of everyone age 12 and up. Tarrant County has an excellent vaccine-finder website at http://www.tarrantcounty.com/vaccinefinder, and most doctor’s offices and pharmacies now offer the shot for free.

FWHS is heading into a busy season. As you will see below, we are planning to break ground on Cowan Place Senior Living in Stop Six next month. We’re developing designs for Hughes House, the second housing phase in the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative, and we plan to break ground on The Opal, a mixed-income property in the Alliance Corridor, by early 2022.

All the while, construction is also under way at The Huntley, a mixed-income property on East Weatherford Street, and our team is working diligently to help tenants and landlords secure pandemic-related rent relief, among other rental assistance.

Your support makes our work possible!

Very truly,

Mary-Margaret Lemons
FWHS President
Back to School with FWHS, Amerigroup
FWHS parents collected school supplies, clothing, shoes, household items and more during an Aug. 10 Back-to-School event sponsored by Amerigroup Texas, a managed care provider. Clothing and household items were donated through partnership with the Good360 program, which distributes goods from a local Walmart to FWHS clients.

Pierre Gant, Amerigroup community outreach representative, said: “We know what it means to help. We’re glad we can serve the community as best as we possibly can.”

Participating families were part of the FWHS Family Self Sufficiency Program, which helps residents set goals for increasing educational attainment, technical certifications and earning potential.

Faith Wiley, a single mother of six, couldn’t help but get emotional when asked about the bags of much-needed items she’s taking home.

“I’m trying go to school and get my education so I can have more for my kids,” said Wiley, who is pursuing her own bachelor's degree at The University of Texas at Arlington. “One day I want to give back in the same way because that is my goal to have my own nonprofit business mentoring teenage girls.”
Emergency Rental Assistance Update
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides funds to eligible tenants and landlords who have fallen behind on rent or utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FWHS has partnered with the City of Fort Worth to process applications and distribute assistance to those in need and help prevent evictions.

To date, FWHS has provided assistance to 2,150 applicants and disbursed more than $4.53 million in payments. Similar, coordinated assistance is available through other program partners and the Texas Rent Relief program. The program will continue until Sept. 30, 2022, or when the funds are exhausted.

Begin an application at www.fwhs.org/erap/

If you are unable to upload documents, email ERAP@fwhs.org or call 817-333-3524 for assistance.
Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Update
FWHS is thrilled to announce that construction of Cowan Place Senior Living at Stop Six will begin next month at East Rosedale Street and Stalcup Road. The 174-unit, mixed income community is the first of six new housing phases planned as part of the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Learn more at StopSixCNI.org.

Cowan Place will take about 24 months to build. Former Cavile Place residents will have the first opportunity to lease units. The building features a lighted stairwell that serves as a beacon to the neighborhood from the east. Click here to view an animation of the development.

  • Mark your calendar for the next virtual Stop Six Choice Neighborhood community update scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Click here to registration now.

  • Help name the next Stop Six residential communities. We need your input. Fill out our short survey form here.
Barbara Holston Education Fund
2021 Scholars
The Barbara Holston Education Fund is proud to announce its five 2021 scholarship winners. Each scholar wins a $1,000 award toward their college tuition this year. The winners are:

  • Faith Wiley, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Sstephanee Shelton, Tarleton State University
  • Sholaunda Johnson, Tarrant County College
  • Shala Thompson, Tarrant County College
  • Nicholette Braswell, Eastfield College

The Fund is named in honor of Ms. Holston, who served as the senior executive at the Fort Worth Housing Authority, now Fort Worth Housing Solutions, from 1991 to 2014. Throughout her career, she encouraged thousands of program participants to pursue higher education and vocational training to improve their ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to institutions of higher education and technical training programs to support FWHS residents and family members who are pursuing higher education or technical certifications. Scholarships are entirely supported by private donations. All contributions are tax deductible.

Help shape the future and make a donation today at bhefund.org/donate/.
Emergency Housing Vouchers
If you are on the FWHS 2021 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List, you may be eligible for an Emergency Housing Voucher if you are homeless, at-risk of homelessness, recently homeless and at high risk of becoming homeless again; or fleeing domestic violence or human trafficking.

The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition is processing applications through its coordinated entry list. To apply, click on the button below.
2020 Annual Report: A Year of Achievement
2020 was a challenging year for everyone, but Fort Worth Housing Solutions accomplished our core goals despite the global pandemic.

We are grateful for the opportunities we continue to have to increase affordable housing options in our community. Our staff proved to be flexible and resilient over the past year and maintained a client-centric approach in all that we do.

We invite you to review our 2020 Annual Report and appreciate your support in all that we do.
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