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Temporary overflow homeless shelter now open

Posted March 19, 2020

UPDATE: The shelter will cease operations in mid June.


In keeping with social distancing guidelines and preventive health requirements, capacities at Fort Worth’s homeless shelters have been reduced. To help alleviate crowding, a temporary overflow homeless shelter has been established.

Community partners are working together to operate the temporary shelter. These partners include the City of Fort Worth Joint Emergency Operations Center in coordination with the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, the city’s Directions Home program, Day Resource Center and local shelters such as the Presbyterian Night Shelter and the Salvation Army.

The temporary overflow shelter opened March 18. Residents needing shelter can enter at 4 p.m. each day, and the shelter closes at 7 a.m. daily. The shelter can accommodate 355 people. Arrangements are made to separate guests by gender and family status.

Some of the services being provided to the shelter guests are check-in and bed assignments, initial screening, dinner and breakfast meals and cleaning and sanitation services in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

The shelter has been set up in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines, including 6 feet of separation between people, and medical protocol established by the Office of the Medical Director.

Medical support, provided by John Peter Smith Hospital, has been staged to check temperatures, screen guests, isolate higher risk people and diagnose those who need further medical intervention. Additional medical and mental screening support is provided by MHMR, the Fort Worth Fire Department and MedStar.

Fort Worth residents who are looking for ways to help homeless neighbors during this time can text WESUPPORT to 41444 to make a financial contribution to local emergency shelters and street outreach teams.

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