The new Dallas Connector Project will launch on October 14, 2019 to provide free and regularly scheduled transportation to individuals experiencing homelessness. This project ensures that clients are able to easily access services to secure healthcare, employment, and housing.
In addition to a grant assistance from the City of Dallas, the Dallas Connector Project is a collaboration between CitySquare, Austin Street Center, Our Calling, The Stewpot/First Presbyterian Church-Dallas, and The Salvation Army. The project also has the support of The Bridge Homeless Outreach Center, and Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.
“We are proud to be part of the Dallas Connector Project,” said Daniel Roby, CEO of Austin Street Center. “Lack of affordable public transportation is a long-standing problem for the homeless. Many commute by walking from one agency to another, often traveling five miles or more daily; however, this is especially challenging or impossible for those who are physically disabled, medically ill, or have mental health and/or cognitive issues. Reliable and free transportation will end people’s homelessness sooner, as they will be able to access services much faster.”
The Dallas Connector Project will kick off its services with a 25-passenger bus and a 15-passenger van, and selected service facilities on the Connector route will post and distribute schedules with all materials in both English and Spanish to their clients.