DRC & PARTNERS WIN WITH HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS

Supportive housing partnership honored in A Night of Light

A Night of Light winners photoDALLAS, Texas (November 17, 2017) – The partnership of the DRC and Paulos Foundation took honors Thursday in A Night of Light, the CNM Connect annual awards program recognizing excellence in the North Texas nonprofit sector.

The partnership won 2017 Nonprofit Partner of the Year for redeveloping the Palm Tree Apartments, a supportive housing community for people once homeless, in cooperation with Fort Worth Housing Solutions.

It is the second award earned this year by the partnership of the DRC, the Paulos Foundation and Fort Worth Housing Solutions for the project.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions and project partners also won an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recognizing the Palm Tree Apartments as a project that produces affordable housing through innovation or public/private partnerships.

The 24-unit Palm Tree Apartments complex, originally built in 1955, today provides permanent supportive housing for people housed out of homelessness, 80% of whom had lived unsheltered in the surrounding Six Points Urban Village.

Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a combination of affordable housing and supportive services designed to help individuals or families experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives.

The complex was purchased by the Paulos Foundation in late 2015, then renovated. It opened to residents in May 2016.

The DRC, as housing and site-based case services partner for the Palm Tree Apartments, screens and places residents, then provides onsite case management geared toward helping residents maintain their housing.

Case management and supportive services include referrals for medical and mental health evaluations, individualized case management plans, employment assistance, budgeting, crisis intervention, and more.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions provides project-based vouchers that keep rent affordable for tenants.

Residents of the community had been homeless an average of nine years at move-in. Sixty percent are age 50 or older, and 75% have a least one chronic illness.

DRC Executive Director Bruce Frankel and Paulos Foundation President Flora Brewer accepted the award on behalf of project partners. Nonprofit Partner of the Year was one of five awards presented in A Night of Light at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

ABOUT A NIGHT OF LIGHT

A Night of Light awards recognize excellence in the North Texas nonprofit sector. Winners receive a $5,000 cash grant in addition to a $2,500 scholarship toward CNM educational services, including public seminars and certificate programs. Since its creation in 2001, A Night of Light has awarded more than $450,000 in cash awards to 90 organizations.

ABOUT CNM CONNECT

Founded in 1980, CNM Connect (previously Center for Nonprofit Management) strengthens communities by connecting and engaging nonprofits and other stakeholders through leadership, management expertise and outcomes technology. In addition to providing executive recruiting, seminars, certificate programs and consulting services, CNM is expanding its offerings to meet the needs of today’s nonprofit. To learn more, visit cnmconnect.org or call 214-826-3470.

ABOUT THE DRC

The DRC, formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless, provides respectful, responsible and effective community-based solutions to help individuals and families emerge from homelessness as productive, healthy people.

To learn more about DRC solutions to homelessness that emphasize permanent housing, not just temporary shelter, visit www.DRC-Solutions.org or follow the DRC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Media should contact Executive Director Bruce Frankel 817-690-8867 (voice or text) or bfrankel@DRC-Solutions.org.

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