The mission of the DRC is to provide respectful, responsible and effective community-based solutions to help individuals and families emerge from homelessness as productive, healthy people.
- People need a place to live. Housing is the heart of DRC solutions for homelessness. This strategy, known as Housing First, is validated by research and makes the most of our housing placement team, one of the best in town.
- People need help during times of crisis or transition, ideally through collaborative outreach. DRC solutions like social services system navigation, access to critical documents, victims’ advocacy, and housing are even more cost-effective when linked to job training and placement, emergency shelter, and mental and behavioral health care services available through colocation.
- People need help to stay in their homes. Some people emerging from homelessness will need added help for a while. Others will need help for a lifetime.
- People need realistic understanding. The DRC and its people have worked hard to earn the trust and support of private rental housing owners and managers. These relationships help the DRC negotiate affordable rents in private housing and advocate for those who face barriers to housing.
- People need help where they are. DRC solutions extend services to areas where needed help is scarce through colocation agreements. Colocation makes DRC solutions available at YWCA Fort Worth and Tarrant County and other partner sites.
- People need programs that work. DRC solutions like Housing First work. The proof: higher housing retention rates, reduced lengths of costly emergency shelter stays, lower risk of victimization and better management of medical, mental or behavioral health needs.
- People need respect. DRC solutions honor every individual’s humanity and dignity in all it does.