Special Programs

Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) administers various programs designed to assist homeless individuals and families. Assistance may include housing search assistance, payment of rental unit security deposit, and short-term or long-term rental assistance.

FHWS administers housing assistance; however, all programs are in cooperation and collaboration with our community partners. All applicants for homeless assistance programs are referred by our community partners. Program eligibility is determined by the agency and confirmed by FWHS.

Please note: Our community partners may have additional criteria for applicants, in addition to meeting the homeless definition.

To be eligible for rental assistance programs, a family or individual MUST be homeless and/or disabled, according to federal guidelines. FWHS utilizes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of homelessness for Category 1 and 4 for all programs.

Homeless means Category 1 or Category 4 per the HUD definition.

Category 1: Literally Homeless

Any individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning:

  • Has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not meant for human habitation.
  • Is living in a publicly or privately-operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state, and local government programs).
  • Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for ninety (90) days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.

Category 4: Fleeing/Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence

Any individual or family who:

  • Is fleeing, or is attempting to flee, domestic violence.
  • Has no other residence.
  • Lacks the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.