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Community list of Holiday Meal options will be out next week in a special email. Watch your email inbox!

If you haven’t already responded, we are looking to compile a list of places that will be offering hot meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas in Denton and across Denton County. Please email locations to dchcinfo@gmail.com by Monday 11/16.

In other news….
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HUD Releases New Data on Homelessness and Housing Instability

For the past 50 years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been committed to serving our nation’s most vulnerable people. Today, these individuals and families are facing a challenge that is all too common. Communities across the country are experiencing a housing affordability crisis that has left too many people without a safe, stable home.

HUD and its federal partners continue to make progress in reducing homelessness, but sustained investment and focus is critical to making lasting progress. To demonstrate the current level of need among people experiencing homelessness, HUD released its 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) Part 2.

The report shows a nationwide decline of 6.3% in homelessness since HUD began tracking this information in 2007. While this reduction is substantial with more than 100,000 fewer people in shelter programs than in 2007, in the past year we have seen an increase of 4.6% in the number of people using shelter programs. This increase, however, occurred in conjunction with a 10% reduction in the number of people homeless at a point in time in unsheltered locations. This progress is attributable to the hard work of local homeless service providers nationwide. HUD and other federal agencies have continued to target resources and emphasize evidence-based interventions to support this work. As the national economy continues to improve, we must remember those nearly 1.5 million Americans with no place to call home and judge our nation’s prosperity by the number of Americans sleeping in shelters or on the streets.

This year, the AHAR includes complementary data, like the American Housing Survey and the U.S. Department of Education’s data, to paint a more complete picture of homelessness and housing instability for all populations, including children and families. These data play a critical role in helping the federal government, states, and local communities in reaching the goal to end homelessness. Comprehensive data are critical to understanding the need in our communities and the resources necessary to serve any person who is experiencing homelessness or housing instability. HUD values and takes into account whatever data is available to understand homelessness and encourages communities to do the same.

This report shows substantial progress toward ending a social wrong that deprives people of their full potential. Ending homelessness means more than providing a roof over people’s heads. It means giving people the opportunity to address their challenges in a stable and secure environment, providing families with a place to raise their children, and ensuring that our nation’s veterans can heal in their own home.

To access the full report, view the 2014 AHAR: Part 2 – Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.

SURVEYS and PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED!

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Community Development Public Hearings

Stakeholder feedback is an important part of receiving and using Community Development Block Grant funds. Community Development regularly seeks public input on the use of public funding. Citizens are encouraged to take part in schedule Public Hearings and the online survey. Please plan to attend and encourage consumers of your services to attend to discuss funding priorities in the City of Denton. Community Development will also be publishing an online survey in December.

December 7th
6:00 to 7:00 pm
Denia Recreation Center

December 10th
6:00 to 7:30 pm
MLK Jr. Recreation Center
Ammons Room

For more information contact Community Development 940-349-7726.
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Invitation to participate in a survey which will help design the new Texas ABLE Program

CALL TO ACTION: Please take a moment to complete this survey regarding Texas ABLE Act implementation and distribute it to your mental health stakeholder contacts. The Texas Able Act will create a program allowing adults with disabilities to have special disability-related savings accounts, without fear of losing their public benefits. We need to make sure that the experience of individuals with mental illness and their families is incorporated into the design of the program.

There’s a new way for certain Texans with disabilities to have special savings accounts for disability-related expenses, without losing eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and certain other public benefits. It’s called the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program. The federal ABLE Act was enacted in December 2014, and the Texas ABLE Program was signed into law in June 2015.

The Texas Comptroller’s Office will administer the program through the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board. We value your opinion as a partner in the disability community and need your help.

Our Texas ABLE survey (http://texasable.org/survey/ ) will help us design the program and better understand how beneficiaries may use an ABLE account to save for disability-related expenses. We encourage you to take the survey and distribute it widely through your networks via email, social media and newsletters.

The deadline for completing the survey is Dec. 15, 2015. Responses to the survey will remain anonymous. Please respond to the survey only one time.

For the latest information about the Texas ABLE Program℠ and our survey, visit our website: TexasABLE.org. If you have any questions, contact the Comptroller’s office at 512-475-5331 or TexasABLE@cpa.texas.gov.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Hunger in Focus Exhibit
November 11-29, 2015

Greater Denton Arts Council will display the “Hunger in Focus” exhibit in its main gallery from Nov 11-29 as part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (http://nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/awareness-week/).

The price for admission to the exhibit will be a can of food for each person. There will also be several big events held during this time and attendees will see the exhibit as well.

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Denton Mobile Pantry & Community Resource Fair
November 14, 2015
1980 E University, Denton

Mobile Pantry 9-11am
Fresh Produce – shelf Stable Food

Community resource Fair, 8-noon
Free Adult Flu Shots
Information on Community Programs
Representatives from Community Agencies

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Now Hiring!

Open House
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 — 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Denton Salvation Army
1508 E. McKinney St.
Denton, TX 76209

Adecco has immediate job openings at Amazon and Broadridge Financial Solutions.

They are hiring in the following cities:
• Amazon – Ft. Worth, TX
• Broadridge Financial Solutions – Lewisville, TX

Positions available:
• Warehouse workers
• Light Industrial
• High Speed Inserting Operators
• Hand Insert

Applicants must be dependable, have a great attitude, and pass pre-employment background and drug test.
Apply today! Call 972.538.1424 / 940.566.3800 http://www.adecousa.com

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Big C Christmas
Saturday December 5th from 9am-1pm
Cross Timbers Community Church

Cross Timber Community Church is coordinating an event called Big C Christmas on Saturday December 5th from 9am-1pm. They will be working with other churches to serve agencies, nonprofits, schools and individuals on this day. They are looking for tangible things the church volunteers can come in and do like cleaning, yard work, painting, spending time with clients, etc.

For information contact Bryce Olsen bryceo@crosstimberschurch.org (940) 464-7348

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Coat Drive
December 6, 2015 4:00-6:00
407 Hickory Street Denton

Christ Community Church is putting on a coat drive the first weekend of December where individuals can come pick up a coat and enjoy some hot cocoa and coffee.

If you would like to donate, please contact Jarrod 580-305-5556 to schedule pick-up or drop-off.
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Handling the Holidays Group
Tuesday Dec. 15th

Are the holidays stressful?
Do you find yourself worrying more than usual?
Feeling down or lonely?
Frustrated with family conflict or the changing weather?
COME JOIN US…in finding hope for the holiday season!

Denton Community Health Clinic
525 S. Locust St. #200 Denton, TX 76201

Space is limited to 12 adult participants each meeting, so arrive to get your seat!
Group Facilitators: Carrie Breedlove MS, LPC, CRC & Linda Coffey Leal MA, LBSW-IPR, C-SWCM

CONTACT: Carrie Breedlove MS, LPC, CRC carrie@dentonchc.org
525 S. Locust St., Suite 200
Denton, TX 76201
940-600-7527

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