Homeless family helped by non-profit organization

December 24, 2012 by  

Natisha Halfacre and her three children, aged eight, seven, and two, have been given a helping hand by LifeLine Shelter for Families. Previously homeless, the children were among the 5,000 children in the school districts of Dallas who have nowhere to live.

The family now has a place to live in an apartment complex, as well as support to find work and pay the bills. The number of homeless families is increasing rapidly in the counties of Collin and Dallas, more than other segments of the homeless population according to statistics provided by the Urban Institute. According to the executive director of LifeLine Shelter for Families, Kathy Severance, a lot of the families they help are single moms with kids, who are on the verge of being evicted. The non-profit organization is providing Halfacre and her family with help in the fields of budgeting, rent, and looking for a job. The families helped tend to be those who are able to become self-sufficient with assistance from a support worker, rather than those who are in chronic need.

Other agencies which help homeless families are Frisco Family Services Center and Family Gateway, both of which also receive funding from Dallas Morning News Charities. Programs are initiated aiming to prevent poverty and break the cycle it can create. Counselors and school advocates are usually the ones who refer the students so that they can receive the support they need. Local printing services may also be utilized to promote the valuable work carried out by the various non-profit organizations.