Tarrant County Homeless Initiative

Homeless Initiative Building Stability

Homeless Initiative - mother and child

In 2007 there were more than 4,000 homeless people in Tarrant County and more than 1,000 of them were children. Those children were not able to visit a doctor regularly because of their unstable lives.

In an effort to make a difference, Cook Children’s teamed with local elected officials and homeless shelter staff in Fort Worth and Arlington to help these kids get medical care on a regular basis. In April 2008, Cook Children’s began sending sheltered homeless children to one of the Cook Children’s Neighborhood Clinics so they could get primary and preventive care. We also offered case management services to minimize the negative effect of being homeless.

The program includes transportation to a clinic in Fort Worth by a Cook Children’s van (donated by the Cook Children’s Woman’s Board), as well as case management services to help the families in get health care and other needed services. Children ranging in age from 4 days to 16 years of age have been served.


The success of this initiative is due to the collaboration of the entire team of Cook Children’s staff members from:

For more information contact Ginny Hickman at Ginny.Hickman@cookchildrens.org