Tarrant County Homeless Coalition leads the community solution to homelessness in greater Tarrant and Parker counties by serving as a catalyst for community transformation.A vibrant community where every individual has a place to call home and the resources to live their best lives.
TCHC got our start when homelessness was just emerging as a problem in Fort Worth in the 1980s. Local nonprofit leaders began meeting to discuss how our community needed to respond to those experiencing homelessness. Formally established in 1989, TCHC began as a volunteer-run organization providing oversight and planning for homeless services in Tarrant County.
Led by a volunteer board comprised of mainly homeless service providers, TCHC partnered with Tarrant County Community Development Division to plan and apply for federal funding to benefit providers in our community. As the Lead Agency for the Continuum of Care, TCHC continues to submit the collaborative application for our community to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant has resulted in an annual average of $11 million coming into Tarrant County to provide housing for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
The City of Arlington joined the planning efforts in 2003 and Parker County joined in 2004, increasing the geographic area of the Continuum of Care planning region to two counties. In 2008, we hired our first paid employee, and since then the number of staff and capacity of TCHC has expanded significantly, with a budget of $2.1M and a staff of 18.