PLATINUM2024

Housing Forward

Solving homelessness together

Dallas, TX   |  https://housingforwardntx.org/

Learn how to support this organization
GuideStar Charity Check

Housing Forward

EIN: 75-2461679


Mission

Housing Forward leads in the development and implementation of an effective homeless response system to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Dallas and Collin counties. Housing Forward has the expertise, partnerships, and resources to lead a system-wide, data-driven strategy to solve homelessness in our community. We work alongside the All Neighbors Coalition, a collaborative made up of more than 135 partners across Collin and Dallas Counties that provides resources and support directly to individuals, veterans, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

Ruling year info

1995

President and CEO

Ms. Sarah Kahn

Main address

3000 Pegasus Park Dr. Ste. 1020

Dallas, TX 75247 USA

Show more contact info

Formerly known as

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

EIN

75-2461679

Subject area info

Human services

Shelter and residential care

Population served info

Homeless people

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties The 2022 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count showed that we had 4,410 persons experiencing homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties on the night of the count. 3,996 were in Dallas County, and 414 were in Collin County. 314 were veterans, 1,029 were chronically homeless (homeless for a year or more with a documented disability), and 814 were in families. More than 60% were persons of color, and more than 54% were African Americans. The Complexity of Homeless Systems Homeless systems are complex, with more than two dozen varied systems each interacting with those experiencing homelessness, in the areas of public policy, safety nets, housing creation, rehousing services, and street services. When communities do not simplify this complexity, individuals and families experiencing homelessness encounter a tangled web of services, with no clear pathway out.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Homeless Management Information System

HMIS is a local information technology system used to collect data from service providers serving individuals or households experiencing or at risk of homelessness so that we can serve our neighbors more effectively and understand changing trends. We provide HMIS access, training, and technical support to all partners serving our unhoused neighbors.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Once a year, along with communities across the country, we take a census of our unhoused neighbors. The PIT Count, a requirement under Federal Law, helps communities understand the extent of homelessness, changing trends, and the measure of their success in solving homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The Flex Fund pays for minor but impactful expenditures that can end a person’s homelessness, including access to critical documents, security deposits, pet deposits, move-in fees, basic furniture, household items, rental arrears, and utility assistance.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Through CAS people experiencing homelessness are identified, assessed for their needs, referred to resources, and connected to housing. Our CAS program allows our community to streamline and coordinate services from providers across Dallas and Collin Counties, which helps our system work more efficiently for those who need it. People experiencing homelessness access CAS through their providers or through Housing Forward’s Homeless Crisis Helpline.

Population(s) Served

Housing Forward facilitates $27 million of annual Federal funding for homeless services programs, and drives program performance improvement to ensure funding is being used in an effective way for intended purposes.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Through R.E.A.L. Time Rehousing (formerly Dallas R.E.A.L. Time Rapid Rehousing), a public-private initiative, Housing Forward and the All Neighbors Coalition originally aimed to rehouse over 2,700 persons by the end of September 2023. The transformed initiative brings all of our efforts together to rehouse 6,000 persons by the end of 2025.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Raise All Neighbors Coalition program funding level to above $18.5 mil annually

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Continuum of Care (CoC) Grant Program Competition

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2024 numbers have come out already and they are at $27,000,000!

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Point-in-Time Homeless Count

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of persons housed through [Dallas] R.E.A.L. Time [Rapid] Rehousing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

R.E.A.L. Time Rehousing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals and families assisted through the Flex Fund

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Flex Fund

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Housing Forward: Solving Homelessness Together

Housing Forward has the expertise, partnerships, and resources to lead a system-wide, data-driven strategy to solve homelessness in our community. We work alongside the All Neighbors Coalition, a collaborative made up of more than 135 partners across Collin and Dallas Counties that provides resources and support directly to individuals, veterans, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.

Together, Housing Forward and the All Neighbors Coalition ensure that the following values are evident in our system:

• Every person experiencing homelessness has access to an appropriate exit pathway.
• Exit pathways are scaled to meet demand and targeted to meet the needs of specific populations.
• Accountability and success are demonstrated using data.
• Engagement and transparency are central behaviors in all collective efforts.

Through its programs, and by adhering to its values, Housing Forward will:

• Effectively end veteran homelessness
• Significantly reduce chronic unsheltered homelessness
• Significantly reduce family and youth homelessness

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9.44

Average of 5.62 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7

Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

17%

Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Housing Forward

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Housing Forward

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Housing Forward

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Housing Forward’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

Created in partnership with

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$105,066 $60,615 $200,275 $412,247 -$524,935
As % of expenses -6.2% 3.3% 11.0% 12.0% -5.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$116,094 $50,726 $193,377 $406,049 -$526,317
As % of expenses -6.8% 2.8% 10.5% 11.8% -5.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,555,881 $2,101,447 $2,077,233 $8,982,810 $12,092,718
Total revenue, % change over prior year -25.7% 35.1% -1.2% 332.4% 34.6%
Program services revenue 5.8% 7.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.8% 1.3% 9.4% 2.0% 1.5%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 73.3% 60.4% 66.1% 23.5% 53.4%
All other grants and contributions 16.9% 27.5% 24.4% 74.4% 45.0%
Other revenue 3.2% 3.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,684,142 $1,829,078 $1,828,045 $3,442,146 $10,351,562
Total expenses, % change over prior year -16.4% 8.6% -0.1% 88.3% 200.7%
Personnel 66.2% 61.5% 72.6% 51.7% 25.0%
Professional fees 17.5% 24.1% 13.2% 18.0% 9.3%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.6% 0.8% 1.3% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 9.9% 7.4% 8.5% 24.3% 62.4%
All other expenses 6.0% 6.4% 4.9% 4.7% 3.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,695,170 $1,838,967 $1,834,943 $3,448,344 $10,352,944
One month of savings $140,345 $152,423 $152,337 $286,846 $862,630
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,835,515 $1,991,390 $1,987,280 $3,735,190 $11,215,574

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.3 3.3 3.0 19.2 7.0
Months of cash and investments 3.0 4.4 3.3 19.2 7.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.9 2.2 3.5 3.3 0.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $316,432 $505,394 $460,793 $5,505,984 $6,035,848
Investments $99,596 $170,123 $40,739 $14,065 $0
Receivables $43,531 $119,459 $304,281 $1,829,123 $3,197,687
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $88,874 $88,874 $88,874 $88,874 $88,874
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 72.6% 83.7% 91.5% 98.4% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.9% 17.9% 4.6% 6.0% 6.7%
Unrestricted net assets $296,196 $346,922 $540,299 $946,348 $420,031
Temporarily restricted net assets $116,171 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $116,171 $327,925 $247,455 $6,021,602 $8,491,758
Total net assets $412,367 $674,847 $787,754 $6,967,950 $8,911,789

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Ms. Sarah Kahn

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Housing Forward

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
Other
Related
Show data for fiscal year
Compensation data
Download up to 5 most recent years of officer and director compensation data for this organization

Housing Forward

Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
Other
Related
Show data for fiscal year
Compensation data
Download up to 5 most recent years of highest paid employee data for this organization

Housing Forward

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
Download the most recent year of board of directors data for this organization
Board chair

Mr. Peter Brodsky

Reimagine RedBird

Term: 2021 - 2024

Maggie Parker

Innovan Neighborhoods

Robin Minick

Wright Connatser PLLC

Roman Berhe

Boston Consulting Group

Garrett Boone

The Container Store

Shawana Carter

Carter's House

Ashley Brundage

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Karen Hughes

Vogel Alcove

Sharon Lyle

Ensemble

Clint McDonnough

Retired

Brent Rodgers

Roots Market

LaMonte Thomas

South Central - Aetna

Erin Eisner

work/REFINED

Carol Lucky

North TX Behavioral Health Authority

Sara Madsen-Miller

1820 Productions

Owen Wilson Chavez

Child Poverty Action Lab

Archie Nettles, Jr.

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Kelvin Walker

Dallas Citizens Council

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/11/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

Fiscal year ending

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
Paid to fundraiser