There are several government programs in Texas aimed at helping the homeless population. These programs provide a range of services, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, supportive services, and assistance in finding permanent housing. Here are some notable government programs in Texas:

  • Texas Homeless Network (THN): THN is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to provide resources, education, and support to homeless service providers and communities. They collaborate with government agencies and community organizations to address homelessness in Texas.
  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA): TDHCA offers various programs to address homelessness and housing needs in Texas. Some key programs include:
    • Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG): This program provides funding to local communities to help individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. It supports emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and homelessness prevention activities.
    • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program: Formerly known as Section 8, this program provides rental assistance vouchers to eligible low-income individuals and families. The vouchers can be used to rent privately owned housing, helping to make it more affordable.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): DSHS offers programs to address mental health needs, including those of homeless individuals. These programs may provide access to mental health treatment, counseling, case management, and supportive services.
  • Texas Veterans Commission (TVC): TVC operates programs to assist homeless veterans in Texas. These programs include outreach, case management, and housing assistance to help homeless veterans access stable housing and supportive services.
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): The CDBG program, administered by local governments, provides funding for a variety of community development activities, including affordable housing initiatives, infrastructure improvements, and homeless assistance programs.
  • Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs: CoCs are local or regional planning bodies that coordinate homeless services and funding. They bring together government agencies, service providers, and community organizations to address homelessness in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.