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AN ESTIMATED 14,981 CHILDREN EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS 
EACH YEAR IN TARRANT COUNTY

We do not see them camping under bridges, so we assume they do not exist. Children, the hidden homeless, live in a world of insecurity and stress  sleeping in the back seat of cars, sharing beds with their siblings in a run-down motel, or even on the floor of a relative’s home.

All forms of homelessness cause trauma for children and impact their developing brains, physical health, and emotional health. 

ABOUT THE COALITION FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

The Coalition for Homeless Children works to change both the system and the narrative about family homelessness through advocacy, education, research, and community action. By doing so, the Coalition reduces barriers, increases access to comprehensive services, and improves outcomes for families with children experiencing all types of homelessness. 

In 2016, CTL spearheaded an alliance of 39 agencies throughout Tarrant County to assess and review the conditions for children experiencing homelessness, including those with insecure housing, living in shelters or motels or experiencing street-based homelessness. The findings and recommendations were published in The Hidden Homeless Report in 2019 and work continues today in partnership with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, faith partners and service providers.

The three challenges we discovered families lacked access to were:

Our Approach

Advocacy

The Coalition’s advocacy work includes both community engagement to address agency/program policies and procedures, as well as formal legislative outreach strategy to address local, state, and federal policy. 

EDUCATION

We are dedicated to educating and providing resources that inform the community on family homelessness in Tarrant County. One of our ongoing initiatives is the monthly Tenant Empowerment Workshop, which gives participants free access to leasing specialists and legal experts. 

RESEARCH

Research is a critical part of the Coalition's work. The advocacy and program recommendations put forth by the Coalition are data-driven and based on research conducted directly by the Coalition or through contracted third-party research partners. Learn more about our research here.

PARTNERSHIPS

Strong partnerships with other agencies serving families are a central component of the work. Part of the role of the Coalition is to seek out strategic partnerships and steward those relationships. 

HIDDEN HOMELESS REPORT

We do not see them camping under bridges, so we assume they do not exist. Children, the hidden homeless, live in a shadow world of insecurity and stress - sleeping in the back seat of cars, piled four or five to a bed in a run-down motel, or even on the floor of a relative’s home. Learn about CTL's research on children living in homelessness throughout Tarrant County.

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