MDHA, perhaps most well-known for launching and operating The Bridge, a $28 million homeless intake center in Dallas, before spinning it off as a separate non-profit at the end of 2011, is an alliance of non-profit organizations devoted to ending homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties. It facilitates about $17,000,000 of annual federal funding, coordinates services and through the use of a sophisticated software system, drives improvement in more than 45 different housing programs, run by over 20 different non-profit and local government grantees. Its momentum is felt well beyond these specific programs. “Due to our partnership with MDHA, we prioritized the housing of those experiencing homelessness, and have so far housed more than 3400 formerly homeless individuals and families,” said MaryAnn Russ, President and CEO of the Dallas Housing Authority and a MDHA board member. “In monetary terms, with an average rent of $700 per month, our investment tops $28,000,000 annually. This would not be happening, if not for
Every year, across the nation, at the end of January, organizations like MDHA count the people experiencing homelessness in each and every community. Here in
Those experiencing homelessness are asked to fill out surveys to gather important information to help assess their needs, and better serve them. This information complements data MDHA gathers and analyzes all year round from each federally funded homeless program, through a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Each provider, as well as the continuum as a whole receives a monthly letter grade, based on this data. This system has allowed MDHA to improve PSH services by over 30% in just two years.
Britton Banowsky, Commissioner of Conference
As the steward of the largest source of funding for those experiencing homelessness in