Fort Worth housing authority aims to build different approach to poverty

Date Published: 
December 1st, 2021

From the Fort Worth Report:

"After The Holston in the Alliance  corridor opened in June, Kendrick Ladd moved in with his clothes, a few personal items and his sister’s car. He is an Army veteran who was dealing with homelessness.

Today, Ladd, 32, is running a mobile mechanic business, Kendrick Ladd’s Auto Repair. He is working on getting the LLC paperwork complete.

The Holston does not look like what people might perceive as mixed-income housing. The apartments are built with a modern design, and the complex has amenities like a two-story gym, sand volleyball court and spacious dog park. The complex represents the goal of Fort Worth Housing Solutions: to spread mixed-income developments to help people be self-sufficient and successful.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions has 39 properties around Fort Worth. President Mary-Margaret Lemons said the local housing authority’s goal is to provide affordable housing in every part of the city, which includes inner-city and suburban neighborhoods.

Ladd qualified for rental assistance at The Holston. His unit at the complex is not what he was expecting for low-income housing, he said. 

The apartments are near a lot of warehouses, including Amazon, Walmart and FedEx, which are full of job opportunities, he said. Those opportunities allow people to be self-sufficient."

Read the Fort Worth Report's article "Fort Worth housing authority aims to build different approach to poverty," featuring Fort Worth Housing Solutions.

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