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Author: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

The Targeted Eviction Prevention Program

Earlier this year, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas launched an innovative new pilot program that seeks to address a long-standing problem. The Targeted Eviction Prevention Project (TEPP) provides comprehensive case management to families in Southern Dallas with the goal of empowering them to stay in their homes so their children can stay in their schools.

TEPP is an important part of our Homeless Prevention and Intervention Initiative, which provides a continuum of services to address the complex, income-related challenges that often result in homelessness. By ensuring local families can stay in their homes, TEPP supports our three focus areas—education, income and health—because a stable home enables kids to do well in school, adults to succeed at work and North Texans of all ages to stay physically and mentally healthy.

Since we launched TEPP in January, it has already had a profound impact on housing and education for the participating families. Read on to learn more about the program and how it is helping to prevent homelessness right here in North Texas.


An Innovative Approach to Preventing Homelessness

TEPP is a partnership with Child Poverty Action Lab, CitySquare, UpTogether, Dallas Independent School District, TR Hoover, Texas Women’s Foundation, Carter’s House, Harmony CDC and ForOakCliff.

Prior to launching the program, the TEPP partners identified five schools that experience a high percentage of mid-year student moves and are in communities with high eviction rates. The project is focusing on families with students at Billy Earl Dade Middle School, Joseph J. Rhoads Learning Center, Dr. Martin Luther King Learning Center, Elisha M. Pease Elementary School or J.N. Ervin Elementary School. These schools have reported that 33% to 46% of their students change schools or leave school altogether in the middle of an academic year.

Working together, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and our partners are providing resources to hundreds of families in these communities with a goal of preventing evictions. By working to keep families in their homes, TEPP aims to prevent mid-year student moves and encourage stability and continuity in children’s education.

“Creating housing stability for families is key to a student’s success in school,” said Ashley Brundage, executive director of housing stability and senior vice president of community impact at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Not only are evictions traumatic for mothers and children, but multiple moves are associated with lower school engagement, poor grades and high risk of dropping out of high school. By investing directly in a family’s need to maintain housing, we can influence the health, education and future income of a child.”

Be a Part of Our Housing Stability Work

Housing instability is a significant problem in North Texas, and it often leads to homelessness.

Studies show that nearly half of all Texans spend more than 30% of their income on housing, which means they are housing insecure. Meanwhile, the 2022 Point-in-Time Homeless Count found that more than 4,400 of our neighbors experience homelessness on any given night. One of the best ways we can prevent homelessness is by keeping people in their homes—and programs like TEPP are doing just that by creating housing stability and preventing evictions.

Ending homelessness is a goal that we can call work toward together. We invite you to join the movement to improve housing stability for all North Texans. Here are three easy ways to get involved:

  • Give: Donate to United Way Dallas to support housing stability and eviction prevention initiatives.
    Advocate: Call your representatives and tell them you support affordable housing throughout our community. And be sure to sign up for our Advocacy Alerts to receive information on our top policy priorities, such as affordable and equitable housing.
    Volunteer: We frequently host volunteer events that support housing stability and homelessness prevention. Fill out our general volunteer interest form, and we’ll let you know about upcoming programs that fit your interests.

Creating New Job Possibilities

Women in Construction, our partnership with Hilti North America, provides women in Southern Dallas with job training, supportive services, and job placement assistance for women, with a goal of creating a career pathway into the construction industry. The program is part of our Southern Dallas Thrives initiative, whose goals include providing skills-based talent development opportunities to Southern Dallas residents and creating a more diverse workforce for North Texas employers.

Watch the video to learn more about the impact of this innovative program.

Keeping Families in Their Homes

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas Rental Assistance Collaborative was an important aspect of our housing stability work. The initiative sought to prevent homelessness by providing rental and utility assistance to families who might otherwise face eviction. The financial assistance was a lifeline for many North Texans at a time when many of our neighbors had lost their income or missed work due to illness.

Watch the video to learn more about the impact of the Dallas Rental Assistance Collaborative.

Preventing Childhood Hunger

The North Texas Summer & Supper Council works to ensure that every child in North Texas can access healthy meals during the summer, providing vital support for hard-working families that rely on federal nutrition programs during the school year. The program helps local meal providers raise awareness, increase meal sites and more effectively address child hunger in our community.

View the video to learn more about the impact of the North Texas Summer & Supper Council, which is a partnership with North Texas Hunger Initiative.

Sparking a Love of Reading

Once Upon a Month™ delivers age-appropriate children’s books and accompanying parent guides each month to children ages 0 to 5. The engaging and colorful books make it easy and fun for parents and their kids to read together. The interactions stimulate curiosity, language development and learning skills, setting young children up to succeed in both school and life.

Watch the video to learn more about the impact of Once Upon a Month™, which is a partnership with The Boone Family Foundation and The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.

Creating Career Pathways

Pathways to Work is a workforce development program supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The initiative gives hardworking North Texans the training necessary to secure middle-skill jobs in the high-demand sectors of IT or healthcare. Each year, Pathways to Work enables thousands of North Texans to access better-paying jobs, improve their income and achieve greater financial security.

Watch the video to learn more about the impact of Pathways to Work.

Women in Construction/ Trades Training Program

The United Way Southern Dallas Thrives initiative partners with local organizations, including Dallas College and Hilti North America, to provide high-quality workforce training to women in North Texas.

The training focuses on high-growth industries, including Industrial Maintenance, Advanced Manufacturing, HVAC, Logistics, Masonry, and other Construction related trades.

Benefits

  • Earn industry certifications related to industry of programming like OSHA 10/OSHA 30
  • Nationally recognized certification from Center for Construction Education and Research
  • Supportive Services
  • Completion Stipend

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have two forms of ID (social security card and state-issued ID)
  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Must be able to train for at least 6 weeks (dependent on trade program)
  • Must be a Dallas County resident
  • Criminal backgrounds accepted

Home Visiting and Support

Sign Up

Contact one of our Texas Home Visiting partners to sign up:

ChildCareGroup – Born Learning Parent Engagement Program
Parent educators model positive parenting skills and teach parents about child development, milestones and activities to encourage growth

Dallas Independent School District HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters)
A three-year school readiness and parent involvement program that includes both learning and play

Metrocare – Flourishing Family
Offers home visiting for children from birth to three years, empowering parents to become their children’s first teacher.

Lumin Education
Offers home visiting for children from birth to three years, empowering parents to become their children’s first teacher

What’s available?

  • Free in-home visits from a nurse, a volunteer, a trained professional or an experienced parent
  • Home visitors answer questions, offer advice, provide support and teach parents how to prepare children for kindergarten

Who’s eligible?

  • Families in Dallas and Collin counties
  • Soon-to-be parents and those with children under 5

About the Program

The Texas Home Visiting program is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services with matching funds from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. The program enjoys the support of ChildCareGroup, Dallas ISD HIPPY, Family Compass and Lumin Education.

For more information, please contact Nailah Johnson, THVP Director at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas