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Bed Drop to Help Dallas Area Homeless

A Good Night Sleep (AGNS) is partnering with Sleep Experts, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) and Greater Dallas Justice Revival to host a bed drop on Thursday, November 3 benefiting homeless entering permanent supportive housing.

 
PRLog - Nov. 2, 2011 - For most Dallas residents, counting sheep is one method to induce a good Night sleep. But for the portion of the population coming out of chronic homelessness, no sleep aid replaces their fundamental need for a bed. Los Angeles based non-profit, A Good Night Sleep (AGNS) is partnering with Sleep Experts, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) and Greater Dallas Justice Revival to host a bed drop on Thursday, November 3. The event will utilize local volunteers from the SMU community and Dallas-area residents to outfit apartments at the Bay at Mandalay in Dallas with 120 beds and basic housing items for residents coming from The Bridge shelter into permanent supportive housing.

“Permanent supportive housing is the vehicle that we’re going to use to end homelessness,” said Charles Gulley, Vice President of Programs for MDHA.

By the end of 2011 MDHA 's HUD funded Continuum of Care Agencies and the Dallas Housing Authority/MDHA Partnership will have created over 2000 units of supportive housing for single adults with disabilities and families with a disabled parent. Partnering with MDHA in Thursday’s bed drop is Homes for Our Neighbors an initiative of Greater Dallas Justice Revival, as well as SMU alumni and volunteers connected to AGNS.

Josh Helland is the Co-Founder and acting Executive Director of AGNS as well as an L.A. based businessman and SMU alum. He and AGNS Co-Founder, Jennifer Kenning, also an alumna of SMU, are hosting the bed drop in Dallas specifically because of their ties to their alma mater and the community surrounding it. Also contributing to the event are Ladies of Charity, who are providing household items for each unit and Family Gateway, the service provider for formerly homeless tenants.

The bed drop is being held in conjunction with SMU homecoming weekend festivities and is hoped to become an annual event. The partnering organizations aim to make bed drops a regular part of the ongoing effort to reduce homelessness in Dallas.

According to Randy Skinner, Director of the Greater Dallas Justice Revival, chronic
homelessness in the Dallas area has been reduced 57 percent over the last six years. But
homelessness continues to rise as more and more individuals and families are becoming
homeless due to the economy, the deficit in affordable housing for lowest income families and cut backs in safety net programs.

“Because of our proactive and aggressive stance, we will have placed people into 2,000 housing units. There’s nowhere else in the country I think where that’s matched. We now have people in housing that were formerly chronic homeless. That’s unbelievable,” said Skinner.

Michael Faenza, President and CEO of MDHA said that their target is to develop 1800 units of supportive housing through 2015 for single adults and families with parents with disabilities. “We have a lot of work to do,” said Faenza.

“We’re very excited about the bed drop. This is the kind of contribution from the private sector that will help us end homelessness. To actually take care of the initial furniture and household needs of people formerly homeless moving into housing, including a bed to get a great Night Bed Drop Press Release - Nov. 3 sleep, is really important and we hope that kind of contribution can expand in the future,” said Faenza.

For Media interviews contact: Elizabeth Erickson 972-207-0426 or
elizabetherickson(at)me(dot)com

A Good Night Sleep is a non-profit organization based out of Los Angeles dedicated to ensuring the benefit of a good night sleep by supplying beds and bedding essentials to people making the transition from homelessness into permanent housing. AGNS was created out of the vision that every person should have the benefit of a good night sleep in the comfort of his or her own bed. For more information on AGNS, visit http://agnsfoundation.org or email Josh Helland at JHelland(at)agnsfoundation(dot)org.

The Greater Dallas Justice Revival is a thousand church interdenominational network, that is working in response to the urgent need of the homelessness, poverty and challenges in the educational system in the Dallas area. Homes for Our Neighbors is a partnership with Dallas Housing Authority and Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. For more information on Greater Dallas Justice Revival, visit http://www.dallasjusticerevival.com/ or email Randy Skinner at justicerevivaldallas(at)gmail(dot)com.

The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance is non-profit organization committed to ending
homelessness in the Dallas area. The Dallas City Council has declared MDHA the "regional authority on homelessness.” MDHA provides leadership to develop programs and secure funding to assure quality, effective services for persons experiencing homelessness. For more information on MDHA, visit http://www.mdhadallas.org/ or email info(at)MDHADallas(dot)org.

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