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The Office of Homeless Solutions Four-Track Strategy

OHS aims to prevent and reduce homelessness through a Four-Track strategy designed to address every facet of homelessness. The Four-Track strategy concurrently meets the immediate needs of the homeless population by providing habitable living environments, while developing the infrastructure for sustainability by increasing the supply of affordable housing.



Track One: Increase Shelter Capacity

Expand capacity of existing providers through contracted shelter overflow programs.


  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Emergency Services: $640,876 (FY21-22. Expires on 9/30/2023)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Emergency Services: $614,627 (FY22-23. Expires on 9/30/2024)
  • ESG CARES Act: $1,000,000 (FY20-23. Expires on 9/30/2023) Overflow
  • City of Dallas General Fund: $219,000 (FY 21-22) Pay to Stay
  • City of Dallas General Fund: $219,000 (FY 22-23) Pay to Stay


  • Pay to Stay program provided 17,998 bed night in FY21-22.
people setting up cots to sleep on

Track Two: Inclement Weather Shelters

Allow entities with Chapter 45 Temporary Inclement Weather Shelter permits to provide shelter on days when the actual temperature is less than 36 degrees (in winter months) or above 100 degrees during the day with an evening temperature higher than 80 degrees (in summer months) as led by the City.


  • City of Dallas General Fund: $1,000,000 (FY22-23)
  • ESG CARES Act: $632,977 (FY21-22)
  • Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Treasury): $100,000 (FY21-22) COVID Testing


  • Over 5,000 bednights provided to individuals experiencing homelessness, across 20 days of inclement weather, including 7 days at Fair Park, with support from Fair Park First / Spectra in 2022.
  • 1,851 unsheltered persons served at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas during Winter Storm Uri, in 2021.
  • City Council approval in November 2020 of amendment to Chapter 51A and creation of Chapter 45 for the creation of an Inclement Weather Shelter Program in the Dallas City Code.
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Track Three: Subsidized Supportive Housing

Provide security deposits, rent, utilities, incentives, and supportive services to further the alleviation of poverty to tenants as well as incentives and risk mitigation services to participating landlords.


  • ESG CARES Act: $6.9M (FY20-22)
  • City of Dallas General Fund: $1.3M (FY21-22)
  • City of Dallas General Fund: $650,000 (FY22-23)


  • Landlord Subsidized Leasing Program ($1.3M) rental assistance through agreement with CitySquare, assisting an average of 27 households annually.
  • Rapid Rehousing Initiative ($6.9 million).

Track Four: Investments in Facilities Combatting Homelessness

Funding for low barrier housing types, to include permanent supportive housing, targeting chronic homelessness; rapid rehousing addressing the elderly, disabled, families with children and young adults, ensuring that program participants are in compliance with the requirements of their housing applications; and Day Centers for seamless wrap-around services.


Since 2020, the City has invested in acquisitions/renovation of property:

  • City of Dallas 2017 Bond Program (Proposition J): $6.1 million
  • Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF): $12.14 million

Property Management:

  • ESG CARES Act: $1.67 million
  • ESG (FY21-22): $175,390
  • General Fund: $737,155
  • HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARPA): $771,133

DRTRR Initiative:

  • DRTRR funding: $48.9 million
    • Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Treasury): $25.1 million
    • HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARPA): $19.4 million
    • ESG CARES Act: $4.39 million


  • Contribution for property acquisition (CRF $2.0 million) and renovation (Bond $3.3 million) of St. Jude Center Park Central (180 beds).
  • Acquisition (CRF $3.5 million) and renovation (Bond $2.3 million) of Fort Worth Avenue hotel (45 beds).
  • Acquisition (CRF $6.63 million) and renovation (Bond $500,000) of referral-only shelter in District 12 (200 beds).
  • Property Management agreements with CitySquare at Fort Worth Avenue hotel ($946,393) and referral-only shelter in District 12 ($2,411,856).
  • Click here to see number of individuals housed through the Dallas R.E.A.L. Time Rapid Rehousing initiative, to date.

Public Engagement Reference Links

Peruse the links here to explore our public engagement opportunities such as public speaking, conferences, and more.

Get Involved

Do you want to make a positive impact on our homeless communities? Visit our Get Involved page for resources to get you started.

Year in Review

See OHS’s Year In Review. Click here to download.