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Fort Worth’s Opening A Homeless Shelter Exclusively For Women On Their Own

Paul Moseley
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Fort Worth shelter to open for single, homeless women; the president’s in Dallas today; a Texan you should probably follow on Instagram; and more.

Starting Monday, single women experiencing homelessness can stay at a newly renovated, female-only shelter in Fort Worth.

About 130 women are expected to be at the Lowdon-Schutts Women’s Shelter, located at 2401 Cypress St., on the first day, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. It can accommodate 160. Staff members will help women with their health, housing and employment needs at the facility.

Two blocks from the new shelter is the Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center for single mothers and their children. It opened over a year ago.

Nearly 2,000 people experience homelessness in Tarrant and Parker counties, according to the most recent point-in-time count from the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. About 38 percent of that population is female. Of the 1,924 people counted in January, 1,594 were in Fort Worth. 

Single women in Fort Worth can also stay at the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Both men and women are welcome but separated. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

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