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Fort Worth if you have a show idea or not for profit event. Let us know about at two one four five to five twenty five. Oh, five let's do one four five to five twenty five. Oh, five impact, Texas, featuring stories and interviews with difference makers those who make an impact right here in Dallas Fort Worth Texas, the US and all around the globe. Welcome to impact Texas. My name is Honda each week. We bring you events and organizations issues and concerns making a difference than having an impact on the lives of each. And every one of us. We have talked recently about the homeless issue here in North Texas with different organizations, having different avenues, and and aspects of that and ways of they're helping to curb the issue so to speak as well as. Give these folks the life lessons that they may need it may not have depending on the circumstances. As to why they are currently homeless to get them back on their feet. We're going to do that. Again, this week my guest in studio this week is interfaith housing coalition. I have in studio their CEO, Kimberly Williams, and the director of donor relations, her name is Monica Cooper. How y'all doing doing? Great good. Good monica. You sound kinda quiet over there. Great. All right, cool. Well, let's start with you can't really now, you're the interfaith housing. How long have you been with them? I've been there a little over a year and a half now, but a year and a half full. Would you do for that before that I worked for girl scouts of northeast, Texas Ryan, and I work for the new teacher project before that? But I've spent about sixteen years of my nonprofit career helping underprivileged families adults and children gain self sufficiency. That was calling Walker there when you were there. She sure love her didn't. She awesome. See is awesome. I had her here. Oh, goodness. I can't even remember I part of the Europe leaf. And we talk for quite a while. She is an awesome person. So full of energy and cheddar little girl. They're just talking about what it was like being a girl scout and things that she's able to rub off on her little friends and everything and using the computer late at night and different examples of responsibility that she was able to give to her friends and things like that. It was pretty cool. He's a great lady. Actually, she is an awesome lady. Let's talk about interfaith housing now Jimmy some history on interfaith housing. Well, interfaith housing is a twenty six year old organization that was started after a mayor Annette Strauss had an initiative to end homelessness in Dallas. And so two Presbyterian churches came together to create interfaith thousand coalition and to what we focus on is family homelessness. So what we do our target clients are people that have children so parents with children, but also working the working poor, which is often the most overlooked segments. Yeah. It's basically the new face of homeless. It really is it really is in that. That's certainly the case right now. Because new report says that thirty six percent of the homeless in Dallas has increased by thirty six percent since two thousand ten in terms of family homelessness. So while chronic homelessness is ending. There are more homeless families on the streets of Dallas are living in hotels. I live in their cars than there has been in the last several years we were talking while back with one of the two food banks. I don't remember if it was more, Texas food Bank or the Tarrant area food Bank, and we were talking about the new face of hunger. And how now. More folks are going to the food banks for help. Yeah. They used to be the ones that were donating food. That's exactly right. And it's almost the same scenario with homelessness when we're dealing with specially with families now after the whole economic and everything downturns a good way to put it. Way to put it kind of went on the downturn a little bit. How bad does a little bit of a downturn? The ninety degree down to but after all of that with homelessness. It's one person put it to me like this is the new face of homelessness is somebody that is living in a shelter or in a facility. You know, and at the same time driving to a job interview. Right in a Mercedes. Yeah. It's not in Femina. A young lady came up today at our three children and our BMW. Right. But she, you know, found herself homeless, you know, you run out of money you run out of your 4._0._1._K, you run out of savings and you have nowhere else to turn in suddenly you're homeless we've had an R N in the program individuals masters degrees as well as a regular workers like waitresses and retail workers who found themselves without a job and just ran through all of their resources and one one gentleman. It's a single father that we have currently was living in the the train station with the style similar to you know, that movie that was so popular the pursuit of happiness. So these things are reality for a lot of the families their reality there, a sad reality a lot of families here in North Texas. But more importantly, they are a stab writing. The face to the myth. I guess that the folks that are homeless a. Always that one hundred percent of it is their fault. Yeah. One hundred percent of the time a hundred percent of it is their fault. And that they're all drug addicts mentally ill, mentally ill. And that's not the case that is the case in some situations. There are some folks who for one reason or another through a series of choices right got themselves in a position where that's the that's that's where they're at. But that's not the situation with everybody. And, you know, currently the individuals who and thankfully, so because I do need support, but the individuals that are getting the most care in terms of government assistance, and even Philip philanthropic. Support are those that are chronically homeless those with mental illnesses and drug addictions, and they require a great deal of money, permanent supportive housing is on the rise. Meaning that their places being created where they can live permanently where they'll have case management support our rent assistance, and while that's a good solution to get people off the streets and into a healthier lifestyle. It's a very expensive solution in meanwhile families who are working poor. There are fewer resources for them if your resources for transitional housing, so that I think has. Created that thirty six percent increase that we've seen over the last two years because in an effort to help those who need it in terms of the chronically homeless there has been less attention on families that find.

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