A BEACON: THE UNITED WAY DALLAS RENTAL ASSISTANCE COLLABORATIVE
If the Dallas city and county programs are pinpoint of light, United Way hopes to provide a bright beacon with its Dallas Rental Assistance Collaborative (DRAC). The new program is funded through $4.8 million in grants from the City of Dallas Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Department and the Office of Community Care, with funds from the CARES Act Emergency Housing Assistance Program. The collaborative’s goal is to reach the hard to reach—families that have immigrated here, those that don’t speak English, and those in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. Lifting people out of housing insecurity and homelessness aligns with United Way’s goal of creating opportunity for all North Texans by improving education, income and health.
DRAC Phase 1 launched July 1, funded by a $866,500 grant for rental assistance only. Our partners in this phase are Catholic Charities, CitySquare, Community Council of Greater Dallas, Harmony CDC, Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas and the Salvation Army.
Phase 2 is supported by a $1.15 million grant and will be launched this month. Partners in this phase are Catholic Charities, CitySquare, Harmony CDC, Metrocrest Services, the Salvation Army and the Wilkinson Center.
Phase 3 will be funded by a recent third grant of $2.763 million, which will let us help with both rent and utilities.
Partners for the third phase are Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Catholic Charities, the Chocolate MINT Foundation, CitySquare, Gateway of Grace, Harmony CDC, the Housing Crisis Center, Literacy Achieves, Services of Hope, Sharing Life, the Turnaround Agenda and the Wilkinson Center.