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Housing with a Mission

Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) doesn't just provide housing for our community. We help families and individuals find homes and enrich their lives. The over 5,000 affordable housing units we provide to over 25,000 renters are just the tip of the iceberg. Our mission goes much deeper. We believe that while four walls and a roof make a house, they don't necessarily make a home . That's why we go further, partnering with other Fort Worth entities to give people the education and training they need to thrive. Our partnership with Tarrant County College (TCC), for example, provides essential vocational training, while our Amazon partnership offers employment training. We provide affordable housing programs like Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), which allows residents to participate in other programs like Family Self-Sufficiency. These FWHS programs light the path for people to achieve home ownership and financial self-sufficiency.

The people we work with may surprise you, too. A recent college grad who simply needs to fill a housing gap between graduation and her first job; a single mother and nurse striving to support her kids and save to buy a home; a recently widowed grandfather and veteran who needs an affordable place to live with senior-specific services. At FWHS, we invest in people, people just like you.

For a full list of programs and offerings, go here. Or, see the calendar on our website for upcoming community enriching events.
The Real Face of Housing

Meet Heather. She is a single mother raising three daughters. A former resident of Butler Place, she works two jobs, one of which is for FWISD, driving the special needs buses for both Arlington Heights and Westcreek Elementary. She wakes up before 5 a.m. every morning to go to work, which has allowed Heather to take care of her daughters and save enough money to now rent a home. Heather is still receiving assistance, yet her participation in the affordable housing programs over the years, ones like HCV, gave her the stability she needed to once again support her family. Heather utilized each and every one of the many self-sufficiency programs offered by FWHS, while continuing to work, save and care for her family. She is enrolled in FWHS's homeownership program, on the cusp of buying her own home. Heather opened the door for herself, and now, she is about to walk through it.
Housing Solutions 
Receives
National Recognition

FWHS is honored to have recently received national recognition for our involvement in rehabilitating the Palm Tree Apartments. We were awarded the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Award of Excellence, and were recognized by the partnership that won the Center for Nonprofit Management's 2017 A Night of Light Award for Innovative Partnerships. NAHRO awards are given for exemplary housing and community development work, while the CNM's A Night of Light Award was presented to Paulos Foundation and the DRC for socially responsible partnerships (including the one with FWHS).
 
Originally constructed in 1955, the Palm Tree Apartments had fallen into disrepair. Consequently, the neighborhood and its residents suffered. To facilitate a reduction in chronic homelessness, FWHS partnered with local agencies to rehabilitate the property into a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) community in 2016.

What's Happening at Butler Place
Butler Place has been approved to convert to the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which means the 412 units that make up the largest public housing site in Fort Worth will be transferred in small increments to a number of communities throughout the city. This will allow residents to have better access to jobs, schools and services that have moved outside the city center as Fort Worth has expanded over the last 75 years.

FWHS has secured a majority of the properties for the Butler residents' relocation through either acquisition or new construction. To ensure each family gets a choice in the location that best suits their needs, FWHS is utilizing a lottery system, in which each family can select the properties for which they wish to apply. There are currently 12 FWHS properties slated for Butler RAD units and others will be added as they are identified.

Butler relocation will be a gradual process over several years, with a goal to permanently relocate all families by the end of 2020. For more information about the Butler Place relocation, please contact Sonya Barnette at sbarnette@fwhs.org.