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Posted on: April 4, 2019

City Council takes landmark step towards ending child homelessness in Farmers Branch

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FBTX ~ In line with the priorities of their strategic plan, and motivated by the recent Point-in-Time count, that identified 43 homeless C-FB ISD students living in Farmers Branch, the Farmers Branch City Council on Tuesday took a landmark step towards ending child homelessness in the city.

   By a unanimous vote, the Council authorized a contract with Metrocrest Services designed to provide help to those homeless families with children that will break the cycle of homelessness with rental assistance, help towards self-sufficiency, workforce development, financial literacy and educational opportunities.

   "Taking the lead on such an important issue is in line with our core beliefs, that we look out for the whole community, especially children" said Farmers Branch Mayor Robert Dye. "We're optimistic that this pilot program will be the foundation to help eliminate child homelessness throughout our region as other communities can hopefully build on what we've started."

   Funding in the current fiscal year will total $115,000 with $100,000 earmarked in the next budget. The Council included ending child homelessness as a priority in the City's strategic plan, based on continuing discussions with community and social service partners.

   "Should the program achieve demonstrated results during the year, an expansion is envisioned to include other area cities and businesses in order to work jointly towards greater success," explained Farmers Branch City Manager Charles Cox.

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