The Issue: Homelessness in Tarrant County
When a household would not be able to survive for three months at the federal poverty level in the event of a crisis, that household is considered asset poor. Roughly 39% of Dallas residents are living in asset poverty, according to a report conducted by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. Additionally, 2,750 Dallas-area students are already considered homeless, according to data cited in an entry in the education blog of the Dallas Morning News.
The Campaign: Funding Overnight Shelter Stay
If this Grassroots campaign raises $480, then Arlington Life Shelter can fund an overnight stay with showers, hygiene supplies, and three meals for four families of four. Each additional $120 raised can provide a complete night’s stay for another family of four. At the shelter, volunteers teach life-skills classes and cook three warm meals every day. Residents can also access resources to help them begin employment training and move into transitional housing while working toward self-sufficiency.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Arlington Life Shelter
Arlington Life Shelter helps local individuals and families transition from homelessness with short-term shelter and support services. For 25 years, it has provided fresh beds, clean showers, and hearty meals for anyone seeking refuge from extreme weather or a night on the street, or looking for a way to gain employment and attain long-term self-sufficiency. The shelter offers 72-hour services for people who are just looking for a place to sleep and 14-day services for people who cannot work due to disability or age. For residents looking to gain stable employment, the 9- to 12-week rehabilitative program includes educational classes for children and adults, as well as job-coaching sessions to prepare for interviews and new jobs. Volunteers teach a range of skills, including classes in computer skills, parenting, and yoga. Residents can also take part in health and social-work services and access resources to help them move into transitional housing as they work toward self-sufficiency.