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Homeless children experience the world as a dangerous and uncertain place — a place where adults are always fearful, where no shelter is reliable,
where danger is ever-present.

As a community, we can show these children a world of safety and security. We can give their parents dignity. We can help them stay together as a family.


school-aged children experienced homelessness IN THE U.S. during 2017-2018 

1 in 16


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. Some of the key points include:

  • An estimated 14,981 children experience homelessness each year in Tarrant County
  • All forms of homelessness for children cause trauma, impacting their developing brains as well as physical and emotional health.
  • The lack of affordable housing and childcare, along with limited education and employment opportunities only serves to grow this problem.
  • The current homeless service system is not equipped to handle the realities of homeless children.


If you're looking for ways to get involved, we encourage you to download the Hidden Homeless full report and its accompanying discussion guide, or click to receive the Hidden Homeless newsletter in your inbox.