More than 4,300 individuals call the streets of Tarrant County home. Of these homeless, more than half receive services from the Presbyterian Night Shelter sometime during the year. The Shelter is a sanctuary without cost to anyone in need, and is the only free area shelter without length-of-stay restrictions.
Located east of downtown Fort Worth, the Presbyterian Night Shelter is the largest provider of services for the area homeless population, housing an average of 625 homeless clients every night. Annually, the Shelter serves about 4,150 homeless clients, providing 3,600 bus passes and more than 500,000 meals.
Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, PNS provides adults, the elderly, infirm, mentally ill and veterans with shelter, evening meals and basic human care. Separate quarters exist in the Shelter for elderly and ill clients, and the 13,000 square feet on the second floor is devoted to serving homeless veterans.
The Shelter also provides counseling and resources enabling clients to reenter mainstream society, including a work therapy program that employs 35 homeless clients that handle day-to-day operations.
The main shelter’s annual operating budget is approximately $1,047,545 which is primarily funded through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and local churches. Less than half of the budget is subsidized by government sources.
In 2006, the Shelter was awarded a Housing First grant from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund a two-year supportive housing program for chronically homeless individuals. In addition to rent subsidization, the clients are supported through case management.