Family Gateway is classified as an Emergency Family Shelter.
They have worked hard to reduce their barriers to entry and to accept families that no other shelters will allow to enter.
Most shelters in Dallas wont accept a family; they serve individuals.
Those that do accept families have strict definitions as to the types of families they will allow to enter.
Some shelters serving families require original birth certificates and/or a certain number of weeks on medication prior to entry.
Households with multiple generations or an unmarried couple with a child have literally no other shelter options in their community.
They continue to welcome all types of families and know the importance of keeping families together.
They have built relationships with other agencies that provide Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, housing for those who need special mental health support, etc.
They now fully participate in their CoCs prioritization process so that their families appear on prioritization lists for all housing providers in their area.
They have 105 Project Based Vouchers through the City of Dallas where they provide ongoing supportive case management.
They also have a Permanent Supportive Housing program for 18 families who have specifically documented disabilities.
They are launching a Rapid Rehousing program with 20 families.
Rapid Rehousing is intended to be 1 year of financial support and intensive case management services, tailored to the needs of each family.
Rapid Rehousing includes a rental subsidy that declines over a year-long period as the family is able to pick up a larger portion of their rent.
“The mission of Family Gateway is to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. Learn more about our work. ”