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We want to draw people toward Christ as the ultimate provider of their needs and support them as God transforms their lives, whether they are experiencing homelessness or volunteering their time to serve. We use the gifts and talents God has provided us, as well as the resources that already exist in the community, in order to accomplish this. For our homeless friends, we invite them to lean into us as we help them navigate the journey of getting permanently off the streets. We use our mobile Relief Bus to reach out to the homeless and connect them to partnering organizations and agencies who have the specific resources they each need. For our volunteers we want to tear down walls that have traditionally held back the Church from connecting with “the least of these” and work together in service to transform the inner city.

HOMELESSNESS IN THE UNITED STATES

The United States faces a social and cultural epidemic. Large sections of our population live in a constant tug of war against the pull of homelessness. Those that live below the poverty line struggle daily with aspects of poverty like hunger, isolation, addiction, violence, and homelessness. When this struggle overwhelms, the most vulnerable people can end up chronically living on the streets. For those who are homeless, comorbidity rates of multiple, persistent issues remain high. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 38% of homeless people are dependent on alcohol and 26% on other drugs. Homeless people are also five times more likely to wrestle with mental illnesses than those from the general population. We urgently need solutions to help people get off the streets and connected to the support they need. The Metro Relief Bus is a creative solution to this persistent social problem.

Homelessness in America

Over half a million Americans go to sleep homeless on a single night in the United States.

Living Unsheltered

About 35% (roughly 200,000) are living unsheltered in uninhabitable places, like sidewalks, abandoned buildings, cars, and encampments.

 Permanent Solutions

Meanwhile, over 350,000 of our brothers and sisters are struggling to move from emergency shelter or transitional housing into healthy and permanent solutions.

Lack of Affordable Housing

Homelessness is exacerbated by the lack of affordable housing in the US. An American worker earning minimum wage must work over 125 hours every week to afford a modest two-bedroom rental home in the average U.S. city. (U.S. News & World Report, September 2019)

Veterans

7% of people experiencing homelessness have served in our nation’s armed forces.

HOMELESSNESS IN DALLAS-FT. WORTH

On a given night in Dallas-Ft. Worth, 6,556 people were counted as experiencing homelessness. Approximately a third of these individuals are sleeping outdoors or in uninhabitable conditions. 18% of homeless people living on the streets of Dallas-Ft. Worth are battling addictions and/or mental illnesses. Almost 3,000 women experience homelessness each year in Dallas-Ft. Worth. For one-third of them, domestic violence directly contributed to their homelessness. On any given day, hundreds of children must go without adequate shelter in Dallas-Ft. Worth and her surrounding cities. Almost 10% of homeless people living on the streets of Dallas-Ft. Worth are U.S. military veterans.

Collin County
Population of 1,035,000

(2019 est.).

Sheltered: 247

Unshelterd: 189

Dallas County
Population of 2,635,526

(2019 est.).

Sheltered: 2,605

Unshelterd: 1,430

Denton County
Population of 887,207

(2019 est.).

Sheltered: 59

Unshelterd: 199

Tarrant County
Population of 2,103,000

(2019 est.).

Sheltered: 1,468

Unshelterd: 560

Sheltered means they are sleeping in an emergency shelter or transitional housing. Unsheltered individuals live in places not meant for human habitation. 

OUR IMPACT

Homelessness is “no respecter of persons.” We’ve met people of all races, former socio-economic statuses, education levels, cultures, and backgrounds on Outreaches. We’ve met college professors who’ve become entangled in addiction, young people who have been banned from their homes due to family disputes, women from middle-class American who’ve fled domestic violence, and veterans whose mental and/or physical disabilities have forced them out onto the streets. Demographically, however, our client base reflects the following categories: 60% Adults, 30% Senior Citizens, 5% Youth, 5% Children (averaging around 900 contacts with children per year.

Our volunteers are the other population we serve. They come from churches, corporate groups, mission teams, court-ordered community service volunteers, civic groups, and individuals passionate about helping the homeless. They tend to share one common thread: they live in the suburbs. Metro Relief intentionally chooses to build home bases in the suburbs as part of our strategy to reconnect the suburban Church with the poverty and need of inner-city.

In 2020, Metro Relief brought life-changing assistance, resources, and referrals to homeless men and women living throughout Dallas-Ft.Worth and her surrounding cities.

530+ people connected to resources to help them get homed

56+ cases managed by our Street Outreach team

10,203 cups of soup served from the bus

16,652 drinks served

9,543 pairs of socks and hygiene kits provided

135 Bibles provided

630 individuals prayed over