United Way of Denton County awards first housing authority grants

Denton Housing Authority at 1225 Wilson St. in Denton.

The United Way of Denton County announced this week the first round of grants funded by Denton Housing Authority.

The agency’s board of directors funded three Denton nonprofits that help families become more self-sufficient, including Giving Hope, Denton County Friends of the Family and Christian Community Action.

Giving Hope, which is based in Denton, will received $125,000 for its collaboration with North Central Texas College to assist 10 to 15 families headed by single mothers to help with education costs, child care, rent assistance and financial coaching. The grant will also subsidize the salary for the nonprofit’s education navigator.

Denton County Friends of the Family will receive $50,000 to expand its transitional housing program to serve more families, including covering child care, transportation, tuition and vocational training.

Christian Community Action, which is based in Lewisville, will receive $44,000 to expand its services to families at risk of becoming homeless with rent assistance, child care and financial education.

The fund was created by the United Way and the housing authority to promote economic stability and increase self-sufficiency for vulnerable Denton County families.

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