Plea for support of homeless housing

The City of Dallas along with the Dallas Housing Authority and the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance has a goal of developing 700 units of permanent supportive housing by 2014. It is the general consensus that permanent supportive housing is the answer to our city’s homeless problem. The Dallas Housing Authority has been moving forward with plans to place the 700 people who often suffer from chronic homelessness, abuse, past legal problems, addiction and/or mental disorders, but they continue to run into roadblocks in the form of neighborhood opposition. It seems one of the DHA’s bigger problems has been a failure to communicate well with the residents and homeowners living around proposed supportive housing projects. Central Dallas Ministries, with this recently released video below, is calling for public support of PSH, which will probably get more people on board than the DHA’s more recent approach, which entails planning a project and then springing it on the community — that approach seems to have resulted in viral fear and unwillingness to cooperate (see Lake Highlands and Oak Cliff as examples). Here’s the video:


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  • ed

    FWADG leadership has failed both the neighborhoods of Oak Cliff and the new residents in Cliff Manor.

  • scott

    The Akard Street project provides the services that the CDM video says are necessary to make “permanent supportive housing” a success. That is not what is happening at Cliff Manor.

  • Sarah

    I think the questions could be: what can we do to help make the project a success and what do we do when problems arise? As well as who is doing the gardening around the building and can it be improved? Seems like the services are being provided at the Bridge and there is a good bus there from Cliff Manor to the Bridge. I’ve met people at the YMCA that I THINK are from the Akard Street permanent placement project working on their fitness program just like every one else.

  • scott

    The video does present what “permanent supportive housing” would be, in an ideal world. But DHA is not providing those services at Cliff Manor, and has stated that they would not, because doing that would trigger a SUP process. City leadership has failed both the neighborhoods of Oak Cliff and the new residents in Cliff Manor.