Making homelessness a rarity and affordable housing a reality in Ellis County.
Join us for our next meeting on April 14, 2020 at 6:30pm.
We will meet online through Zoom. Download the Zoom app or go to zoom.us.
Type in the meeting code 659-783-289.
Ellis County’s soup kitchen needs a commercial vent hood system with fire suppressant. The city asked them to start cooking from a certified kitchen and this is one of the few items left to purchase so they can continue feeding the homeless and others in need.
It’s time for Daniel’s Den to move to a new and expanded facility. They have served our county since 1996 and have provided hope to many families and individuals. Their goal is to move their clients from homelessness to permanent housing as well as provide emergency assistance services.
Homelessness is not simply the result of irresponsibility; nor is it a disease of only the uneducated or addicted. It is the result of the lack of a “Living Wage,” divorce, job loss and health issues. It is a reversible condition, and when one is willing to change their situation, we are there. Daniel’s Den
Groups of people experience homelessness in different ways, but all homelessness is characterized by extreme poverty coupled with a lack of stable housing. It could be the person you see walking down the street or those who are “doubled up” or “couch surfing.” Nothing but stable housing fundamentally differentiates those who experience homelessness and those who don’t.
-National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, nhchc.org
1 in every 5 children in Ellis County is at risk for hunger every day.
During the January 2020 Point-in-Time Count (official count for HUD), 74 people were experiencing homelessness.
This count is for people of all ages living unsheltered or in a temporary shelter.
10.5% residents in our county are living below the federal poverty level.
It’s difficult for low-income individuals and families to find places to live when our median rent is $1359 a month. This is more than 50% of net monthly income for these residents.
16.91% of those in poverty did not complete high school.
How can we help them break the cycle of hopelessness?
As of January 29, 2020, there were 435 Ellis County students classified as HOMELESS in our 11 school districts.
This is in our own community!
Resources: https://www.census.gov/; https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml; https://hotpads.com/ellis-county-tx/houses-for-rent?lat=32.2282&lon=-96.6289&z=12; http://worldpopulationreview.com/us-counties/tx/ellis-county-population/, https://txcip.org/tac/census/profile.php?FIPS=48139, TEA, Region 10 information based on the McKinney-Vento Act Classifications
United Way of West Ellis County is
Preparing for the Census
A complete and accurate census count is critical for the well-being of our community. Why? Because the census is used to set funding for everything from Medicaid to highway construction to K-12 education. To get the most for our community, we have to ensure all residents in Ellis County are counted. Learn more about why the census is important by clicking here!