Striving to end homelessness in Central Texas.
Local Homeless Coalition for Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, & Hamilton Counties
The mission of the Central Texas Homeless Coalition is to lead the efforts to identify homeless issues and to support the development of community strategies to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring
Summer Point In Time Count is upon us!
Texas Homeless Network has asked us to coordinate a Summer Point in Time Count on August 29, 2019 and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need volunteers for the day of to complete surveys and hand out goodies.
If you are interested in volunteering please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers will be required to complete training on July 18, 2019 at the Belton CTCOG from 10:00 - 2:00 (come and go). Officers and Team Leaders will be available to answer questions during that time as well.
We are requesting $10 gift cards to Walmart, HEB, and restaurants to hand out with cold water during the count.
Families In Crisis, Inc. (FIC), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, houses, supports, and empowers people experiencing family violence, sexual violence, and homelessness.
FIC envisions families and individuals that experience comfort and safety through the shelter and services of FIC, leading to restoration, wholeness and self-sufficiency.
FIC is committed to practicing the following values in all interaction between board members, staff and clients:
Commitment to the mission
Commitment to person-centered service delivery
Belief in the worth of every individual
Families In Crisis, Inc. (FIC) was established in 1980 to assist and empower victims of family violence and sexual assault in Bell, Coryell, and Hamilton counties in Texas, including Fort Hood, the largest U.S. military installation. What started as a grassroots effort by volunteers has since evolved into a multi-program, comprehensive social service organization that continues to serve survivors of family/sexual violence as well as veterans and their families and the homeless and at-risk for homelessness populations. Services include: emergency safe shelter for survivors of family/sexual violence; transitional and permanent housing assistance; crisis intervention counseling; case management; 24-hour hotline; hospital accompaniment; provision of food, clothing, personal care items, and household items; support groups; life skills classes, and information and referral. FIC’s services, which are confidential and free of charge, promote stabilization and self-sufficiency through a goal-oriented approach, helping clients become more effective as individuals, as parents, and as citizens.
The overwhelming need for a shelter for battered women and their children in the Killeen/Fort Hood area had been recognized for a number of years. In the summer of 1980, an organizational meeting led to the formation of FIC. Through funds from the City of Killeen’s Community Development Block Grant and the Attorney General’s Office, the agency was able to begin offering shelter services in 1981. The current Killeen shelter facility was purchased in 1983, offering 65 beds for men, women, and children who had experienced family violence. That same year, FIC merged with the Central Texas Rape Crisis Center. By 2000, FIC expanded existing services to rural and underserved populations by opening three Outreach offices (in addition to the Killeen office) in Temple, Gatesville, and Hamilton. Through a partnership with Leadership Temple, a second 16-bed shelter was opened in August 2007, which was developed completely through donations and is now fully funded.
Since 2002, FIC has provided rental assistance to survivors of family/sexual violence through the City of Killeen’s HOME Program and through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ Emergency Shelter Grant Program. In 2009, FIC received funds through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, allowing the agency to provide supportive services and rental assistance to additional populations, including veterans, youth aging out of foster care, and the general homeless and at-risk for homelessness populations. These programs continued through the acquisition of funds from the Texas Veterans Commission and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families. In 2012, FIC realized a long-term goal and began offering HUD-funded transitional housing at scattered site locations in Temple and Killeen, providing transitional housing and supportive services through 50 agency-leased or owned units.
In 2013, the City of Killeen Community Development Division, recognizing FIC’s significant growth and strong organizational capacity, approached the agency about further expanding its programs to include the provision of shelter for the homeless population in Killeen and encouraged FIC to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to facilitate the endeavor. FIC then began a $1.4M project to renovate an existing building already owned by FIC to provide shelter to the general homeless population. Renovations included separate open-bay sleeping areas for men and women, a commercial-grade kitchen, dining area, communal shower and toilet facilities, system upgrades, and replacement of fixtures. The facility opened its doors December 23, 2015.
In 2015, FIC provided 27,338 shelter nights to 846 clients. Another 787 clients received supportive services through the agency’s outreach program, and nearly 500 clients received assistance through FIC’s housing programs.