U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge announced the award of additional housing vouchers for several public housing authorities, including Fort Worth. (Sandra Sadek | Fort Worth Report)

Fort Worth Housing Solutions is one of 98 local public housing authorities to receive vouchers to house non-elderly people with disabilities as part of a $24.7 million award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Fort Worth is set to receive 50 vouchers totaling $462,378. 

These vouchers will assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional or other isolated settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.  

“We are thankful to HUD for the additional vouchers that assist our most vulnerable residents. Fort Worth Housing Solutions is committed to ensuring everyone has a safe place to call home,” said Mary-Margaret Lemons, Fort Worth Housing Solutions President, in a statement.

Only two other housing authorities in Texas received vouchers — San Antonio, with 50 vouchers totaling over $350,000, and Austin, also with 50 vouchers totaling nearly $564,000. 

“People with disabilities deserve access to affordable housing that meets their needs,” said HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge in a press release. “Today’s funding is an important step forward – one that will help more persons with disabilities serve as fully integrated members of their communities and allow them to live independently and with dignity.”  

Looking for housing assistance? 

If you or someone you know needs help finding housing, the following organizations may offer some resources:

  • Fort Worth Housing Solutions: (817) 333-3605
  • Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office: 817-531-7640

The average wait time on a housing choice voucher waitlist is currently four years and both the city and county voucher waitlists are closed at this time. In Fort Worth, applicants are selected via a lottery system. Since vouchers are open to anyone who is eligible, multiple adults in the same household can apply for the program. 

Back in June 2022, about 5,000 people were on a waitlist for housing assistance in Fort Worth out of 20,000 applications received, according to previous Fort Worth Report coverage. 

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Sandra SadekBusiness Reporter

Sandra Sadek is a Report for America corps member, covering growth for the Fort Worth Report. Originally from Houston, she graduated from Texas State University where she studied journalism and international...