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That’s why we’ve worked to eliminate homelessness in Tarrant County since 1984. Our organization is the largest provider of services to the county’s homeless and shelters approximately 670 people each night.
But it’s about more than meeting needs – it’s about making a difference for the entire community. Here’s why:
- A 2008 study in New York City showed that “the values of properties within 500 feet of supportive housing show steady growth relative to other properties in the neighborhood in the years after supportive housing opens.”*
- Taxpayers in Tarrant County spent 36 percent more on people while they were on the streets than when they were in supportive housing.**
- A recent study that examined service utilization before and after people moved off the streets found that charges from JPS Health Network, MHMR, and MedStar were reduced by 36 percent.**
That’s why we focus our efforts on two equally important things: giving people immediate shelter and helping them find a place to call home. See how it all adds up.
**Public Hospital Data: Haynes, J. & Petrovich, J. (2012). Evaluation of directions home supportive housing and the use of critical service systems: JPS Health Network Data. (Unpublished technical report.) John Peter Smith Health Network and Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. All other data: Petrovich, J. (2012). Evaluation of directions home supportive housing and the use of critical service systems: Mental health, emergency medical, and law enforcement sectors. (Unpublished technical report.) Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.